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Jamaica, U.S.A (MPR Consulting) - Hosted by media personality Miss Kitty, the staging of the 7th annual Youth View Awards took place at the National Indoor Centre in Jamaica over this past weekend. According to the show's creators, the YVA's is a people choice awards that offers a creative vehicle for Jamaican teens and young adults' voices to be heard!
Multi-faceted entertainer Ding Dong known for his swag and style won the 2014 Youth View Award for best collaboration of the year for his hit song "It's A Celebration" produced by BasSick Records and featuring I Octane, Christopher Martin and Konshens. "I'm excited,honored and feeling blessed because I worked very hard on this track. I want to thank all my fans that voted and support me all over the years I really appreciate you. Love to all my fans" stated an humbled and jubilant Ding Dong.
The award has also attracted various international stars, and on this night, Ding Dong had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful triple threat actress, singer and dancer Zendaya Coleman and teach her his latest "Syvah" dance moves! Known for her numerous roles such as on Disney's "Shake It Up", billboard charting singles and recent appearances on "Dancing with the Stars", Zendaya was a special invited guest of the event organizer and founder organizer Karen Clarke.
No rest for the wearies as Ding Dong is back in studio with billboard producer Ricky Blaze as well as slated performances throughout the United States and overseas.
by Lauren James
The crowd hadn't expected Beyoncé to drop by for a little song.
Beyoncé and Jay Z have taken another step in proving that not only are they the most powerful people in music, they also put on the world's hottest show when they're together. The couple's appearance at New York club Pier 40 on Saturday night echoed the previous weekend's Grammy Awards where Beyoncé's solo performance became a duet when her husband Jay Z arrived.
Guests at DirecTV's Pier 40 party were only expecting a performance from the rapper to celebrate the imminent Super Bowl game so when Beyoncé appeared in a dazzling black gown, they knew that things were about to get a whole lot more fabulous.
Pausing mid-way through his own performance, which included tracks from his recent album Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z turned to the crowd. "Any sexy ladies in New York City tonight!" Jay shouted, before yelling again, "I said any sexy ladies in New York City tonight!"
As if to answer Jay's question, in strutted Beyoncé, wearing a tight-fitting, black Tom Ford dress. "All hail to the Queen," roared Jay Z to intense screaming from the crowd before the power couple kicked off another performance of 'Drunk In Love,' according to The Daily Mail.
The pre-Bowl performance of 'Drunk In Love' was nowhere near as raunchy as that of the Grammys. For a start, Beyoncé's long, sparkly, black gown wasn't as risqué as the playsuit she donned at the music awards and the couple's dancing was practically modest. After they finished the song, the pair shared a kiss and a hug before Beyoncé exited the stage, safe in the knowledge that she and her hubbie had just made one evening a whole lot more memorable for the audience.
Nesbeth's Reggae Salute performances recently in both London and Birmingham were successful and met the expectations of a promise he made to give his UK fans a "September to remember" type of show. The Jamaican, socially conscious Reggae artiste performed at the Luxurious Tower Ballroom in Birmingham and the 02 Academy in London to thunderous applause especially when he delivered in fine style his hit songs, 'Gunz Out,' 'Boardhouse' along with his more recent hits, 'Friends for Sale,' and 'Drive By' both of which were apparent favorite among the crowd. During his set on both shows, Nesbeth told the audience that his performances were dedicated to his late mother. Obviously moved by the disclosure, fans swayed and encouraged him along as he sang a tribute to her in accapella.
In a telephone conversation with NIPnews, Nesbeth had this to say about his overall
experience in the UK, "I feel good right now, I feel good about what is happening here for me. It's just a wonderful feeling" and sent shout out to, "a big shout out to Eccentrik for holding things down for me and I have to say thanks to my Jamaican designer Raj Apparel for my suit."
Whilst in London, Nesbeth will be documenting his first tour in a brand new TV show called Entertainment Soul. He is also booked to to appear at several clubs across the country and plan to shoot three videos in between gigs before heading back to Kingston October 8th.
Reggae Salute UK is a production of Classical Promotion.
By: Sophia McKay
Can you fill out the questionnaire from I-Octane, it sick!!
The Mad Snake is still here and stronger than ever, you need to hear dis tune.
This week we have great selections of Reggae music, for the mind, body and soul.
Over the weekend dancehall star, Danielle D.I. thrilled her fans in Curacao with a stellar performance. She delivered her hit songs: Beat It, Brown Girl, Pat It Up, Jamaican Girl and Rebel to uproars at Club de Shell.
"It's a great feeling when you go to new territories and you’re onstage and the audience is singing with you line after line. I was surprised at some of the songs they requested. Tracks I don't even perform", she cheerfully expressed. She has now returned to her island home to make preparations for her big performance at Catherine Hall for Reggae Sumfest's dancehall Night. Next Thursday July 25th the rebel is looking towards exciting thousands in Montego Bay. General Degree’s Manchester Fiesta will be her next appearance on July 31st.
The dancehall star has been hard at work in the studio and has dropped her latest release, Kuff. She revamps Shelly Thunder's 1988 monster hit with the assistance of veteran producers Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and One Pop Music's, Rorey Baker. "I'm paying respect to one of the female pioneers that really made an impact that opened doors for myself and many others. Her breakthrough hit gave producers more confidence and encouragement to record more women", Danielle D.I. explained.
The reggae performer released her debut album, The Rebel last month. The rebel is distributed by Tads Records and is available at all major music outlets, on iTunes, Amazon and other online music stores.
JAMAICAN reggae star I-Octane continued to blaze a trail across North America with back-to- back shows in the United States (US), recently.
The first stop was at Club Warehouse in the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia) metro area on May 17, and the second in West Palm Beach, Florida, at The Palace the following night.
"When we say 'ruff up road' or 'do road ruff', there are multiple meanings, but this is the literal meaning of it, when we go from handling the business in Jamaica, then travelling to spread the vibes and touching the people in different places", said I-Octane, who has amassed an impressive slew of hit songs in a few short years.
His mission on this tour is to connect and develop a deeper relationship with his audiences as he builds his name as a brand that is synonymous with not only reggae and dancehall music, but Caribbean culture as a whole.
He is currently playing at venues that cater to the Caribbean diaspora throughout the US, and spends much of his time in the communities, bonding with his fellow Jamaicans and other Caribbean people.
Digicel/Busta brand ambassador I-Octane says he is exploring how the people of the West Indies co-exist in various cities, while maintaining the subtleties that make their heritage so unique.
International reggae/dancehall superstar I-Octane capped off a triumphant return to the New York stage with an electrifying performance at SOBs Hot 97's Who's Next showcase.
I-Octane began his day as a guest of Hot 97's top rated morning show for a half-hour interview with hosts Cipha Sounds and Shawnee Culture where they discussed everything from his humble beginnings to the future of reggae music.
The interview was filmed for Hot 97's TV component and can be viewed on their YouTube channel: HOT97NY.
Later that night, I-Octane started his headlining performance side stage with an acapella version of Stay Above Crime before taking centre stage to a rousing applause where he jumped right into No Love Inna Dem, proclaiming "respect to Hot 97 for the opportunity, but we need more reggae music on the station so we can further globalize it".
Digicel/Busta brand ambassador I-Octane continues to blaze stages on his return to North America with an intense performance at Club Amazura in Queens, NY.
Sharing the bill at EastaFest with artistes like Spragga Benz, Macka Diamond, Konshens and more, the singjay put on an electrifying 15 minute set after his performance had to be cut short. But that shortened set did not hinder the reggae star from delivering an excellent set for fans, as he declared, "Mi ah man doan like cut my time, but me ago shell it same way" before he ran through a brief sample of his extensive catalogue to a roaring crowd.
He ended his set with an accapella medley of Example for the Poor, Burn Dem Bridge,Study Yuh Friend and Bad Mind before introducing show closer Spragga Benz who began his set by performing the classic Hurt Mi combination with Octane.
I-Octane returned to the island on Saturday, but not before stamping his class on a show in Guyana on Friday night where he performed alongside the likes of Bounty Killer, Spice and others. Needless to say, the Digicel/Busta brand ambassador left patrons craving to witness his next stint there.
Since axing ties with Down Sound Records, controversial reggae-dancehall firebrand Khago has been stepping up his game, and amping up his marketing and promotion. He did a pair of shows over the weekend, first headlining a show at the Caribbean Grill in Dallas, and then headed to Club Riddim for another show the following day in Houston, Texas.
The Caribbean Grill venue was sold out in Dallas, Texas over the weekend.
"The Dallas show sell off , ah mi first sold out show that, no space no inna the venue, nobody else caan come in, people outside, is a good feeling, the people dem love the Nah Sell Out, the girls dem melt fi the Love Stomach, and the thugs dem love the 'Road Dawg'," he said.
Khago said the other show in Houston did not fare as well. He was billed alongside a rapper called Zero but the turnout wasn't quite as spectacular.
"Mi give thanks same way because the promoter lost contact with the rapper before the event and wasn't sure he was still even coming but the show was really good and mi mek some valuable links," he said.
While some artiste may be experiencing or recovering from lackluster shows or performances, dancehall leading duo RDX and one of Jamaica's top tier Disc jocks "ZJ Rush" recently invaded Guyana where they not only electrified the jam packed venue but gave a high energy performance for which they are widely known.
The duo who recently returned from a one month European tour has been enjoying the successes from their wide array of chart topping singles amongst popular favorites.
A timeless time was enjoyed by all attending the Timeless concert, starring reggae icon Maxi Priest and soca sensation KES The Band, on Sunday, March 31 in Manhattan, New York. Presented by New York City's haute nightlife taste-makers Big & Strong and Tryst Experience, this rare fusion of reggae and soca took centerstage at the ultrachic Stage 48 in midtown Manhattan, which was filled to capacity with reggae aficionados and soca revelers, who braved the elements and packed into the venue hours in advance on a rainy New York wintery-Spring day.
With two internationally-acclaimed bands on stage, the promoters and artists had a treat in store for Caribbean music fans and party-goers. Maxi Priest opened the show just after 9:30pm with a smooth, reggae-dancehall-pop mix, and KES The Band closed the event in style, belting groovy then uptempo signature soca tunes that drove the audience into a frenzy, with many not wishing to leave when the concert wrapped up just after midnight.
With almost an hour-long set that showcased his biggest hits, Maxi Priest was at his best, singing tunes for the lovers and ladies, including "Wild World," "House Call (Your Body Can't Lie To Me)," and culminating with his international pop blockbuster, "Close To You," backed by Brookyn-based dancehall deejay/rapper, Beniton The Menace. Red Fox was a special guest during Priest's set, hitting the stage for duet with Priest before seguing into his own smash single, "Bashment Party," much to the crowd's delight, before turning the mic back over to Beniton The Menace. Priest introduced each member of his band and thanked the crowd and New York City for having him.
Known as the Soca Queen of Jamaica, she was invited to Trinidad Carnival 2013 to Deejay at Mania (a wild party in Trinidad) and to play on The Fantasy Truck, where she worked alongside Patrice Roberts (Lead Female Vocalist in Machel Montano's HD Band), Titan VCD (Patrice Roberts' Official Dj), Gardiner VCD, Barrie Hype and Ryan Sayeed. When asked about the receptiveness of the Trinidadians, she had this to say. "It was quite an experience. Trinis go all day."
Here in Jamaica, she recently played at Portland J'ouvert and is booked for Linstead and St Ann Carnivals among other events.
She recently put out her Soca Mix Tape called POSSESSED which she says is a 'concentrated whining session. When asked about what fans can expect on her Soca Mix tape, she said that “all the hits are on it. It's a concentrated whining session. There are only two 2012 songs on it. The other songs were all released this year and the album is over one hour long."
Despite having just touchdown in Jamaica, Sparks headed straight Guyana where she 'tun-up di vibes' alongside DJ Barrie Hype playing at the Short Shorts vs. Mini Skirts party to be held at the Pegasus Hotel.
Despite being pelted by heavy rains, the crowd at James Bond Beach for this year's staging of Follow Di Arrow gave a warm welcome to rising singjay Shamari.
The Out A Road artiste who was performing for a second time on the Jamaican stage, blessed the audience with a prayer before belting out his hit, Gangter’s Paradise, which had the crowd rocking.
Band challenges further tested the talent of Shamari but despite this he continued to sing his hit song while the rain poured down on the thousands at James Bond Beach. Shamari, who was called to the stage by Louie Culture and encouraged by Wickerman, held his own and proved to the audience that he is indeed a rising talent.
Grammy Award winning Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley performed an energetic set to thousands at the Caymana Bay Waterfront Festival Green in Grand Cayman on Friday, March 1. The concert was produced by Youngblood Productions Cayman and boasted a venue filled to capacity. The Set Up Shop singer performed several hits from his latest album as well as tribute songs to his late father, the Legendary Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM.
Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley, owners of the Ghetto Youths International Label released the Set Up Shop Vol 1 Compilation on Tuesday, February 26 on iTunes.
Lyrically inclined Aidonia along with his fiery protégé Deablo have left patrons at Europe begging for encores for their smashing hit single "RUNROAD".
The two are currently touring Europe and have performed in Holland, Italy and Paris promoting their songs and work in the major music markets in Europe. Today they will grace the city of Germany performing all their crowd favourites.
"Before we got to Europe the promoter told us that the single 'RunRoad' have been getting a lot airplay and love from the fans in the clubs. The promoter said he anticipated the huge support but as the night went on he said he wish he had a bigger venue because the venue was sold out before the show started. The tour manager tweeted an hour before the show to say that "Phat House" @PhatHouseMusic
Tonite we making history in Almere Holland @Deablojop @AIDONIAJOP @lalojop @zambijop @livejament !! MAMBO CLUB SOLD OUT!!! U c dat #runroad
"It's a joy to see how much these Europeans love our music and to be singing word for word with me is a blessing. The collab with me and Deablo "Run Road" is like an anthem over here them just want hear the riddim of the song and them just start jump and hands waving in the air and bare tings" says Aidonia.
When the Merry Moments Train hosted by cellular giant LIME rolled in to Savanna-La-Mar last Saturday, it did so with Camalla Latouche, the effervescent, dynamic, beauty who is also herself an Artiste and Radio Host at BESS FM at the helm as Emcee.
LIME'S visit was to the Petersfield Primary School in its Christmas Community outreach project which involved donating chairs, tables, a laptop computer and one year's internet access for the school, along with a full day of activities, bounce-about, trampoline; merry-go round and entertainment anchored by Camalla.
Fresh from several engagements all across the country with Voices for Climate Change with school children focused on the environment, Camalla says:
"This was the perfect opportunity for me, as LIME has committed to impacting schools in its Christmas Outreach which it dubs “Merry Moments” by being the catalyst for physical improvements to schools all across Jamaica, while providing a Christmas Treat along with live entertainment. In fact, it catered quite nicely to my style, the vibe that I like to create with the audience and I do so love to work with children.”
Delly Ranx has continued his incredible resurgence as a reggae artiste, building a loyal fan base in countries in Central and South America.
The Next Chapter deejay recently performed in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, on November 24th, rocking a decent-sized audience with an energetic performance of his reggae and dancehall hits. In fact, Delly Ranx performed an impressive 90 minute set that earned a review in one of the town’s major newspapers.
He went on stage at 1 a.m, doing a steady medley of hits that included his recent chart-burners One Away Soldier and The Next Chapter. However, one of Delly Ranx's biggest hits in Mexico is a song dubbed 'Cook Hennessy' which seemed to connect with the culture of the Mexicans.
Other standout songs included 'If I Knew', 'Good Friend', 'Nuh Bung Dung DI Herbs', and 'Push Wood', a single from his critically acclaimed The Next Chapter album.
It might have rained the entire day and night, but that did not stop thousands of revelers from flocking the cricket oval to watch Jamaican singer Sean Paul.
By 6:00pm, jam on Jinja Road had cars moving bumper to bumper, all heading for the Cricket Oval.
By 9:30pm, it was a full house, both at the 'general happiness" section and the VIP section.
Curtain raisers included Peter Miles, Navio, Mith, JB, Toniks, Brenda of HB Toxic, Radio and Weasel, Young Mulo and Jose Chameleone among others.
They performed until 10:25pm, when Sean Paul got on stage. With two female dancers, his DJ and a band, the Got to luv you singer gave his all; dance and music, until midnight.
Read full story at Allafrica.com
New York, New York (October 4, 2012). The management of Subkonshus Music and Konshens would like to advise all European promoters, event planners, fans and every person and entity associated with the European Music fraternity, that Konshens will not be touring Europe this October. We understand that in some cases there must have been a misunderstanding between promoters and booking agents. Therefore, flyers may have been circulating and we urge you to immediately cease all promotions as Konshens is not booked or confirmed for any appearances in Europe this October.
KONSHENS will not be in Europe this October.
We sympathize with you for any inconveniece this might have cause, but please be advised that Subkonshus Music is in no way responsible as we did not confirm any shows with any promoter nor booking agent in Europe.
On Saturday October 27th, you are cordially invited to Hapilos Entertainment's Halloween Party fittingly dubbed the "Halloween Psycho" with Tommy Lee. Come party the night away with Hapilos Entertainment, Hapilos Teens and Tommy Lee who will be partying and taking pictures with his fans, in addition to ending the night with a special live performance at midnight.
The event will take place at the YMCA auditorium and you must wear a costume or mask to attend so let your imagination go wild! Music will be provided by some of Jamaica's top DJ's "ZJ Liquid", "Creep Chromatic" and "Rebel Sound".
Having done quite a few shows in the United States in the past two months, reggae singer, Junior Kelly will now stretch across the border into Canada as he continues his quest to thrill his North American fans.
"Canada has been clamoring for Junior Kelly," explained Tasz Smith of Triple T Productions."We have been collaborating with promotional teams across Canada to work out suitable dates and everything has finally jelled. Interestingly, things have worked out in such a way that Kelly will be doing two festivals two consecutive weekends -- August 25 and September 1," Smith added.
Saturday, August 25, will see Junior Kelly as one of the headline acts for FestCaribbean, being staged in Brantford, Ontario.
A truly Caribbean event, the show also features calypso/soca giant, David Rudder, alongside Mello G, Colour Quest, Chris Jackson and Dance Migration.
Brooklyn, NY (Mpr Consulting/Shuzzr PR) - Still reeling from her performance at the 2012 Essence Music Festival, Nefatari barely has time to catch her breath as she has just been added to the 5th annual "Brooklyn Music Festival".
The event headlined by international dancehall star "Mavado" and Queen of dancehall "Lady Saw" is slated for July 28th, 2012.
Nefatari who Essence Magazine called her “a young Kelly Rowland” will be performing her latest hit single "What You Think About Me" and promises to give her fans her all. "No matter the location or crowd size, when my fans come to support me I give it my all, they deserve nothing but the best" she states.
Junior Kelly's passion for his craft was as palpable as the excitement inside the Rose Garden and as he entered centre stage last Sunday, crooning the lyrics of Blaze, fans held nothing back as they welcomed him back to Brooklyn, New York.
With a smile that reached the depth of his eyes, Junior Kelly showed his appreciation for the love he was being shown and gave as good as he got. It was a case where the fans could do no wrong and, despite performing on tracks, Kelly managed to pull up a song ...or two.. or three .. or more... on demand.
The theme for the night seemed to be 'patron satisfaction and pure niceness' and Junior Kelly delivered masterfully. Songs like Believe In Yourself, Dem Wrong, Missing You and Been There, the latest single that Junior Kelly is now promoting, connected with the audience, but Sunshine proved to be one of the biggest winners of the night. It had to be pulled up three times and each time it elicited a whole new wave of screams. As expected mega hits Receive and Love So Nice were eagerly embraced and and had a freshness that captivated.
Reggae loving fans converged on Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, California on Saturday night for what they hoped would have been the triumphant return of roots reggae champion, Junior 'Love So Nice' Kelly, to the West Coast, and they were extremely pleased with the outcome.
In the run-up to last Saturday's concert (June 9) Junior Kelly had expressed his enthusiasm for the event and had promised fans during his many interviews that it would be a night to remember. In true Junior Kelly style, the entertainer made good on his promise and gave a solid performance lasting one hour and five minutes.
He wooed fans with the old, the new and those songs in between; the vibe was on a constant high and in many instances the fans sang along word-for-word. The women at the very front of the venue -- most of them Caucasian -- seemed to be transfixed by the dreadlocked crooner and right after he exited centerstage, they were the first ones in line waiting patiently for an autograph and a hug as they posed for pictures.
Dancehall artiste Flippa Moggela (formerly Flippa Mafia) was a hit with fans in Miami over the recent Memorial Weekend.
The artiste was quite visible on the social and entertainment scene as he made his presence felt at several events which he either hosted or performed at.
According to Flippa, fans in Miami welcomed him with open arms.
"Miami was the place to be. It was off the chain. I performed at Black and White and the crowd just went mad. I also performed at Doza pool party which was one of the biggest events of the weekend. It was just crazy vibes", Flippa explained.
Responding to queries about his recent name change, Flippa said his fans have given their approval to the new name.
"My fans said it’s a good look and it was the right move to change the name because Flippa Moggela fits more with the image", Flippa explained.
Sundays in Jamaica are traditionally about spending time with family, relaxing and prepping for the dreadful start of the week, which everyone dislikes so much. It's about gathering around the table for Sunday dinner and recapping the prior week's proceedings, but JMR Entertainment is here to change all of that for the summer and bring South Beach to you live at the South Beach Café.
They will be hosting the event South Beach Sundays as of June 17th and every other Sunday there on out until July 29th. The Sunday series day event will start with the Kick-Off, and then move on with Beer Madness, Throwback and end with the Grand Finale. Jaymar Howell and Michael Riley, the masterminds behind the event series will bring you nothing short of the South Beach lifestyle. They will bring to you the music, the atmosphere, the experience and of course Miami's very own Dj Eccentrix.
“We wanted to change the idea of a regular Sunday event and bring to our fellow Jamaican’s a huge difference in what they normally experience,” Michael said.
Inner Circle / Israel Vibration / The Mighty Diamonds / DJ Carter Van Pelt
Celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music.
To anyone who's familiar with Inner Circle, the GRAMMY® winning band's 20-year-plus history in reggae has had a long string of successes. Inner Circle's special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From the launch of their first album in 1978 entitled, Everything Is Great, to the launch of the album, Bad Boys which became an international hit featuring the title track as well as the dance party favorite "Sweat," Inner Circle's brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world.
The story of reggae group Israel Vibration's success starts out with their humble beginnings as children battling polio in a Jamaican rehabilitation center. Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) bonded through music while in the clinic and quickly became friends. As the duo got older, they found the faith of Rastafari and created songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs. Since then, the duo's music has been spellbinding audiences for over two decades with their mix of traditional roots reggae and deeply spiritual messages such as the critically acclaimed album, On The Rock and its follow-up Free To Move, which reached number one on the CMJ New World charts.
Rising sensation, Patexx, member of the Alliance Next Generation (ANG) is currently touring the United Kingdom with the ANG team.
The artiste who is famous for singles such as 'Summer Time" Ft. Bounty Killer, "Cook", "Party Me Seh" ft ZJ Liquid just to name a few, isn't holding back and is giving his fans all but his soul. Since his arrival in the U.K two weeks ago he has been on a world wind media tour, performed on several shows and will be featured in a leading United Kingdom Magazine.
Just last week, he made his appearance in Birmingham, Bristol at an event dubbed 'ANG in Concert' as well as several others such as 'Pum Pum Fridaze'. The tour being far from over, he will be performing alongside Marlon Binns & Rayonne Hype this Friday 27th APRIL 2012 at Igloo Fridayz at Salsa Fiesta Club 295 Southend Lane SE6 end next to Sainsbury.
By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
Internationally acclaimed R&B/Soul singer, Fantasia Barrino will become the latest artiste to grace Jamaica's presence with a performance as she prepares to headline an event later this month.
The former American Idol winner will perform at an event, dubbed Wishes: The Love Song on April 21 at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston. Fantasia leads the line of international acts on the show's bill as she will be joined by R&B singer, J Holiday, who's universally known for his 2007 chart-topping hit, Bed.
Additionally, the event, promoted by B.P.E Caribbean, features appearances from popular local, Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Chino, Denqyue and Ikaya. Pre-Sold tickets for Wishes: The Love Song are going for JA$3,000 per person and JA$5,000 per couple while tickets at the gate will cost JA$6,000 per person and JA$9,000 per couple.
Fantasia, who's known for unveiling smash hits such as When I See U, I Believe and Bittersweet, is no stranger to Jamaican soil. The Grammy Award winning artiste previously performed on the 2005 edition of Reggae Sumfest.
Anticipation is building for the staging of Bugle's Journey. The event is set to unfold on April 8 at Lynch Park, Buff Bay in Portland.
The event has secured main sponsorship from telecommunications company Digicel and is being promoted in association with Major Links Entertainment, Daseca Productions and Shocking Vibes Productions.
Bugle's Journey will celebrate Bugle and his remarkable work as an entertainer and recording artiste for the past ten years.
Joining the growing list of sponsors are Sud Up detergent soap and Pakia Limited.
Group Sales and Marketing Manager for Pakia, Shama Johnson said her company is pleased to be on board with Bugle for the staging of the event.
“Pakia Limited is pleased to sponsor Bugle’s Journey through its brands Bama’s full flavour and menthol cigarettes, Kush Cognac and Harlem Bluntz. This was a no brainer for us to come on board as Bugle represents a change in music with his signature vocals, as well as the longstanding relationship that our company has had with Bugle. We look forward to this event as well as other projects in the future”.
Singer, Romain Virgo walked away the top winner of the night at Sunday's Linkage Awards in New York.
Romain who is known for his chart-toppers Caan Sleep, Who Feels It Knows It, Wanna Go Home, System and more, won the coveted "Male Vocalist of the Year", "Most Consistent Artiste of the Year" and "Recording Artiste of the Year" awards. The singer who left the island to attend the ceremony says, "It was a surprise to not only be nominated for so many, but to also win them. I'm happy and honoured by it and I really couldn't have done it without the support of the fans. So I want to thank them all."
Romain who first came to the fore after becoming the youngest contestant to win the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2007 has made a steady rise to the top of the reggae industry. Next up on the singer's plate, is dishing out a fanciful musical feast on his sophomore album, System, expected to be released at the end of April.
He says, "That project is something that myself and the producers worked extremely hard on. There will be hints of the old Romain from the debut album, but I'm also hoping fans will be able to see my musical growth. It comes out in a few weeks, so everyone should go out and get it and of course feel free to have some favourites and give me feedback on what their thoughts are."
With a set lasting over an hour, reggae artiste Tarrus Riley and his Blak Soil band held the more than 6,000 strong audience spell bound at the just concluded 9 Mile Music Festival.
The event took place at the Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami and featured performances from a number of acts including Burning Spear, Capleton, Julian, Stephen and Damian Marley, American rapper Wale, R&B singer Melanie Fiona and Coco Tea.
Riley's set was quite interactive as he engaged his audience about current issues of the day. Not to be left out of the mix, he introduced his backup singers who displayed their talent to the audience who were appreciative of their efforts.
Saxophonist Dean Fraser took on Riley in a musical showdown which the audience applauded.
By Marc Parc
Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Sizzla will take his biggest step career wise since he endured a horrific motorcycle crash last year.
The artiste, whose real name is Miguel Orlando Collins, will return to the local stage for the first time in over a year when he'll participate in an upcoming live show dubbed, Sizzla: Unplugged and Acoustics. Branded the 'event of the century,' Sizzla has joined forces with Florida-based public relations outlet, Whirlwind Entertainment Group to showcase a historic event, scheduled to take place at Club Privelege on March 18, starting at 8 p.m.
Keecha Hamilton, production manager for the event intimated via press release that Sizzla: Unplugged and Acoustics will meets fan demands for more unplugged performances while they get the chance to witness the triumphant return of Sizzla Kalonji in a calm atmosphere to ease him back into the fold. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards providing medical support for a child in desperate need of life-saving surgery.
The prominent singjay will team up with iconic Dancehall/Reggae producers, Sly and Robbie as well as acclaimed violinist, Jessica Yap. Furthermore, breakthrough Dancehall artiste, Popcaan will host and perform at the after party.
FAMS HOUSE recording artistes "G Whizz" and "Formila One" is creating a huge fan base on the RJR's Cross Country Invasion Tour.
Fans were never disappointed when G Whizz & Formila One took to the stage and were met with a tumultuous roar from excited fans in the Eastern and Central region leg of the tour (High Gate-St. Mary, Port Antonio High School, Junction, Manchester High School).
G Whizz took command of the stage and "shelled" each town with his hit: Bartender, Whether Night Or Day, Life, Life Sweet to name a few of the artistes hits.
The tour is slated to continue for February 24-25 and March 2-3 where G Whizz & Formila One both will lead the fans in to a frenzy.
Formilla One also "spat" some hard hitting lyrics, which fans were left thirsting for more, songs such as: Nuff People - West Pines riddim, and his latest single: "Walking" produced by Fams House Music.
However, G Whizz European Tour is scheduled soon for 2012 and fans will be sure to see more of the artiste at local and Caribbean shows.
2011 has been a whirlwind for dancehall/reggae artist Teflon. After a somewhat turbulent past few years, Teflon finally is in a happy and blessed frame of mind.
In 2011 Teflon made his presence seen all over Jamaica by performing on stage shows like Follow The Arrow, ST Mary Mi Come from GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza and Sting. Of course he also showed love to his fans by several club appearances where he mixed and mingled while delighting the crowd with several hits.
2011 was also the year where Teflon finally returned to Canada, and took advantage of his second home by filming the video "Blessed" a Black Ice Productions. His European and African Tour were rescheduled for 2012 because of prior conflict of interest with his end of year shows in Jamaica. He wants his International fans to know that he will be there sooner than later and thank them for all the love and patience.
Resurgent dancehall recording artiste Mr. G is a big hit on the African continent. The Swaggerific deejay made a triumphant appearance at a show at the Speke Resort in the town of Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda on December 31st.
"I knew that the show was going to sell off because from the moment I arrived, the major tv stations such as Capital One TV, and Record TV came to the hotel to meet us, and N TV, the biggest station in the country came as well. The buzz was incredible…even the Meet and Greet brought out a lot of media," he said.
Mr. G was the only dancehall act on the show, which also featured veteran reggae act Chaka Demus and Pliers, as well as major African stars, Bebe Cool, and Coco Finga.
Mr. G was the penultimate act, blazing a high energy 25 minute set that ignited the huge venue of 20,000 patrons. He hit the stage singing his recent top ten hit, Beat Dem Bad, before segueing into Swagarrific which was met with great cheers. He then deejayed a recent single, We Never Like Dem, before launching into a medley of early dancehall hits that included Big Man She Want, Fatty Boom, Nah-nah-nah-na, Work We a Work and Wine Pon It.
Known across the length and breath of the Dancehall circuit for her relentless work ethics and mastering the art of re-inventing her image, Money O Diva Macka Diamond ring in the New Year with what promises to be an exciting weekend dubbed, 'Macka Diamond Birthday Weekend.' The first of the three day party series, the 'Pre-Party' kicks off on Friday January 13 at Club Impulse located at the center of Kingston's night life city, New Kingston. Party goers and seekers as well as guess will then roll out on Saturday January 14 to the 'Rock n Roll Club' in the cool parish of Mandeville and from thereafter to experience the grand finale on Saturday January 15 cool it down at the, 'Pool Party' at Club Cali in Trelawny.
Special Guest Artistes will include head of the Alliance, Bounty Killer and Future Fambo as well as selectors Panta from Black Kat Sound, Foota Hype, Gary Chucks, Kirk Riley the party animal, Little Richie and the Rich Squad, Black Shadow from Canada, Alex Frass, Richie Pooh, DJ Sparks, DJ Satday, Dancers Shelly Belly, Latesha, M.O.B., Global Dancers and more.
Reggae star Tenza closed 2011 with class and talent while ranging 2012 in style with a commanding, performance in Stockholm Sweden. Tenza, who was in no nonsense mood when she hit the stage in front of a sold out crowd at the Lax Night Club, went straight into her set, picking up where she had stopped two nights earlier in Gutenberg where she puts on tantalising performance at the Parken Club.
Tenza Unleashed a slew of her past hits to bring back memories, before thrilled her fans even more some of her newer materials "Out N Clean" and "Natty" to name a few. Tenza was clearly making a massive impact on the Swedish crowd when she have everyone waving goodbye to poverty as she belts out one final track before exciting the stage to a thunderous applause, Tenza was invited back for a second time where she did not failed to please her fans as she brings the curtains down on a extremely eventful and successful night at the Lax Night Club.
Tenza is now set to perform next at the end of January 2012 in Norway and in the UK early February 2012.
According to Tenza team 2012 is shaping up to be a very busy and eventful year for the artist who is set to release her third album along with number of plan tours of Africa Eastern Europe and Asia.
International recording artiste Khago gave a powerful performance at the GT Taylor Xtravaganza show on Christmas Day in Black River, St. Elizabeth, underlining why he is regarded as one of the best live show performers in dancehall today.
Hitting the stage singing a reggae song,’ Across My Heart’, he raised the tempo immediately afterwards with his number one hit, ‘Blood a Boil’, and the crowd erupted into deafening cheers. Pausing, Khago then flipped the song dubplate-style.
“Even though a Xmas, and mi just a good little country bwoy, mi affi tell them…mi gun a oil, yu nuh see mi gun a oil, mi gun a oil,” he deejayed to wild screams from the crowd.
He then sang the first few lines from ‘Badda Dan Dem’ before he was forced to pull it because of the loud cheers from the audience. He paused to introduce his next song.
“Mi just a forward come ah the show and backstage, mi see GT a bawl wid him hand a him head, and mi a man curl up inna one ball wid yellow tape round him. So when mi ask a wah kill him, mi hear the people dem say ‘bad mind’,” he said to titters of amusement from the audience.
Then he deejayed: “some bwoy go drop the soap and ketch bad mind” and the crowd roared its approval. Grinning widely now, the dimunitive Khago responded: “What a way fi tell oonu good night, ah my good night that.”
In what was probably the biggest dancehall night by Silver Fox Dance Club in recent years, Tenza proved that she was indeed the Jamaican Dancehall Diva.
Dancehall/Reggae star Tenza delivers a scintillating performance at The Harvey's Night Club last Saturday night in Luton United Kingdom. The deejay, which was label the Jamaican Dancehall Diva in East Africa, spice up the night with a top act performing on what was billed as Silver Fox Dance Club Xmas Extravaganza.
The wiry Dancehall/Reggae star justified why the honor Dancehall Diva was bestowed upon her. Coming on stage raunchy dressed in a white and black Fetish outfit and complemented by a 12 inches black and white boots, reminiscent of a Tara Bank's wardrobe was very evident; Tenza effortlessly took control of the audience.
She was the real Diva, and her willing subjects followed wherever she led. Tenza command the Luton crowd quite well while poke fun at the male audience with her raunchy lyrics and seductive dancing But the deejay wasn't done yet as she turned up the heat by calling on stage promoter silver fox to dance with her to her sexy single "Push and Turn". After 22 minutes of fun and entertainment Tenza finally close her set with the catchy "Goose" track calling on TMD Dancer Troopa Vybz to teach the Luton crowd the "Goose".
Mr. Vegas has been elevated to a new status as ‘closer’ of dancehall stage shows in recent months as traditional dancehall closers like Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer continue to get stymied in their attempt to gain US work permits.
The I Am Blessed singjay closed two major events in New York and Boston recently, bringing an effective climax to shows that boasted big name acts such as Demarco, Khago, Laza Morgan and I Wayne. It showed that after 16 years in the business, Mr. Vegas is finally getting the respect that he deserves.
Last Thursday, he closed the Strictly the Best concert at the BB King club in New York. Hitting the stage at a few minutes before 4 a.m., he worked the crowd in a frenzy with a medley of his big hits, Heads High, Nuh Friend From Dem, and Sucky Ducky.
Hitting the stage singing ‘Blood a Boil’, international recording artiste Khago pranced onto the stage, waving a white towel, and immediately, began to leap all over the stage as he belted out his big dancehall hit. The large crowd which had packed into Saamans Park in St. Lucia last weekend to see Jamaica's biggest dancehall stars erupted in a frenzy of towel waving as it roared its approval at the dimunitive superstar.
After that initial burst of energy, Khago changed gears neatly into the laid-back segment of his set, with the reggae-flavoured 'Nah Mek Dem Draw My Energy’, and the soulful ‘Gwaan Live My Life’, both of which were greeted with finger forwards and lighters. He kicked up things a notch with ‘White Ts and Adidas’, and a wave of electricity ran through the crowd like an electric current when he sang the first few bars of ‘Tun Up Mi Ting’ on the Overproof Riddim. The forwards rocked the venue like a mini-earthquake.
The crowd had hardly settled down before he began to croon ‘Love Stomach’ with the females singing ‘you make me see stars, you make me see moon…’ in one clear voice. Smiling, he paused to introduce his first breakout hit, ‘Caan Cool’, and as he performed the track, the audience rocked to the sweet harmonies.
After a successful series of shows in the United States, international recording star Khago is looking forward to performing at the annual Lovefest show in St. Lucia this weekend.
"I am going there to give a great performance for the people of St. Lucia, my heart goes out to them because of the recent tragedy where 17 people died in that bus accident, so mi ah try help them with the healing...to get over something like that is not easy, losing so many people one time on a small island like that...mi feel dem pain," Khago said in a release.
The Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem deejay just returned to Jamaica earlier this week after a three week stint in the United States that saw him perform on over ten shows in five different states.
"It was a successful tour, most of the shows really worked out well, especially the Boston Hot 97 show. Some of them were only promotional shows, others were booked, but only one had a poor turnout. Overall, it was a good experience, I got a chance to perform at Mavado's birthday bash in Brooklyn, that was great as well, and on Sunday night, I did a show with Sanchez in Mount Vernon, New York for Fifth Element promotions, and I got a lot of love from the fans...did a lot of radio interviews. I am looking forward to more shows in the US next year," he said.
Former Portmore Empire first lady Lisa Hyper is overjoyed at the crowd response to her performances during her US club tour so far.
"On Monday night I was in Long Island, I performed on two shows in New Jersey the night before, and I did a show with Vegas and Demarco in North Carolina. I also did one with Vegas in Virginia. I have a show next week Tuesday in the Bronx, and that night is gonna be my belated birthday party so it ah go amp up," she said in a release this week.
She will also do gigs in Philadelphia and Orlando over the next few weeks. She has also reunited with MC Nuffy, and she will be teaming up with him to do a rehearsal for Sting 2011. When she returns to Jamaica in December, Lisa Hyper plans to release a video for the popular Jam2-produced single, Roll Deep, which she performed on CVM TV's Onstage a few weeks ago.
"When I did 'Roll Deep' on Onstage, I got a lot of positive feedback so I went ahead and shot the video right before I started this tour. I will also be shooting a video for the single, Power, when I return. Mi have a couple of new songs too, mi lost a bagga people with my 'Fly Like Kite' song on Lena British new riddim, and I have a song called 'Up inna the Ceiling' plus I have completed my album which will be released after Sting, so mi ah come mi run Jamaica by next year," she said.
By M. Jodee
Prominent Jamaican comedic duo, Ity & Fancy Cat will bring back their skit-laden show for a fifth season, despite revealing on RETV 5 to 7 Live that they considered cancelling it altogether.
Appearing on the popular RETV program, Alton "Fancy Cat" Hardware confirmed that the Ity & Fancy Cat Show will return for a fifth season in 2012. However, Hardware revealed during an interview with Ramona Samuels that the duo considered shelving the comedy series that’s been in existence since April 2008.
"We neva really plan fi come wid a season five, but cause di people dem a pressure wi..jus mek wi (feel) sorry fi dem," Hardware intimated.
Mass fan feedback and support played a major role in bringing back the highly-acclaimed TVJ program; a program that his comedic partner, Ian "Ity" Ellis insisted will feature a variety of new items.
Dancehall artiste, Spice, has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. After a year packed with new releases: Fun featuring international multi-platinum selling artiste, Missy Elliott, Hot Patty Wine, My Boyfriend, Dick and the upcoming, Take Him Out alongside international singer, Mya, she is still on the go.
The deejay left the island last week for a one month Canadian tour and thus far both her and her fans have been having nothing short of a ball. A few nights ago she performed at Club Sagittarius in Brantford and says, "It was great. Firstly, it was a packed house and some of the fans got involved. I called the men up for a 'daggering' segment, to prove who could do it the best and some of the females did a Slim vs. Fluffy competition and the winner was actually a fluffy fan. It was so much fun."
Spice says while on tour, one of the chief songs she will be promoting is her latest single, My Boyfriend, Dick. "The song is about a ‘boyfriend’ called Dick and it's just a fun play on words; something fans can listen to and laugh about. That's the song that I will be pushing for now, prior to a number of upcoming international releases, like the one with Mya and a few other artistes," she says.
By Marc Parc
Emerging Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Khago and the self-professed "Flossing King," Flippa Mafia are preparing to take the United States by storm as they ready themselves for the Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem tour.
The Global Life Records/Mega Chin sponsored event, featuring Khago as the main act, will take place this Saturday at the Stars Banquet Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Patrons interested in attending the show will be charged US$30 pre-sold, with higher prices come show time. Fans can expect performances from Khago as well as Flippa Mafia, who's long established a strong fan base in the Northeastern United States since his debut on the mainstream Dancehall scene in 2008. Other artistes slated to perform on the Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem stage show include Philadelphia-based artistes, Ras Professor along with Stabby Laa, G Warrior amongst special guest performers.
Khago, who rose to prominence with the single, Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem in April 2010, has continued to elevate his status as one of Dancehall's must-see prodigies. The singjay built on that momentum; charting hit singles this year such as Blood a Boil, Tun Up Di Ting on the internationally-acclaimed, Overproof Riddim and his most recent single, If This Is Not Love, produced by Notnice/Corey Todd Records.
Zimbabweans set aside their dissapointment in the absence of the God Father of Jamaican Soul Music, Mr. Beres Hammond, Saturday October 15th at Glamis Arena, Harare, Zimbabwe when Fantan Mojah gave possibly his best and longest performance to date in a single show. It was indeed Fantan's first ever performance on an African stage and the bobo was prepared to give his fans as much as he could give in a single performance.
Entering the stage with his 'Fire Child' single to an highly energized, humongous crowd that had already been swamped with a superb performance by veteran Reggae artiste Cocoa Tea, Fantan Mojah was in control. Fantan's three hours of performance excited the crowd at the Lion Lager Beer Festival from start to finish, he almost sang his entire catalogue and interacted well with the audience who received him with much appreciation which was demonstrated with a show of full encore for every song he sang, "me heart full" said Fantan, "the feeling I get when people show me the love my Zimbabweans fans show me, words can't explain" he said.
On to new challenges
Two separate venues, huge crowds, but there was, no doubting the high-energy performance that singjay I-Octane dished out in St Kitts and Costa Rica.
His first of two performances came in Costa Rica where he performed on More Life Fest 2K11 on September 30 alongside fellow Jamaican Tanya Stephens.
He exploded on stage to loud cheers and great enthusiasm from his fans there as he dished out one conscious number after another.
A few days later, October 2nd, to be exact he was in St Kitts at Beamount Park Race Track performing on So Long To Summer Bash.
Following the excitement of the day's horse racing, I-Octane performing on tracks delivered a sterling hour-long set to over 4,000 patrons.
So impressive was he that the promoters didn't waste any time in confirming him one year early for the annual event. The organizers weren't the only ones who were in for a surprise on the event as the artiste himself was a bit taken off guard.
International superstar Mr. Vegas celebrated his birthday in fine style with a rollicking wild party at Oakland's New Karibbean City last week. The occasion was Spicey Promotions' 10th anniversary party and boy was it crazy!
The New Karibbean City is an incredible venue, warehouse-like, with high ceilings, and tall windows. Huge paintings of Bob Marley adorn the walls which are dotted with Jamaican flags and an imposing Lion of Judah symbol. The venue was packed and inside was suffocatingly hot when Mr. Vegas hit the stage at 1:30 a.m and the temperate spiked again. He started off with the aggressively infectious "She's a Hoe" and people shouted out the lyrics as they sang along word for word, while other patrons ‘daggered’ suggestively.
By Robin Leach
Reggae pop superstar Sean Paul presented a high-energy performance at The Bank at the Bellagio, plus paid an unexpected visit to Haze at Aria, where he surprised partygoers by performing his hits including fan favorites “Temperature” and “Break It Off.”
At The Bank 24 hours later, it was a one-of-a-kind performance while shooting his latest music video for “Got 2 Luv U.” The singer and musician gave shout-outs over the mic from the DJ booth and mingled with fans and clubgoers.
Singer Keri Hilson returned to town for another crowd-pleasing performance at Haze, her third appearance at the Aria hotspot. Keri performed her hits “Knock You Down” and “Turnin’ Me On” to a packed nightclub.
Partygoers went crazy when the blonde R&B star hopped off the stage and posed for photographs. Keri partied the night away at her VIP table hanging out with her entourage of friends, sipping on cocktails and dancing.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
Corey Todd Records recording artiste Jahvinci returned to the island on Monday after a hectic two week trip that saw him performing at over three shows on two continents.
Jahvinci performed at the Montreal Reggae Fest two weeks ago and flew from Canada to England to perform on two major shows.
"Montreal was sick, the show was proper, everything ah work....Montreal was mad, mad, mad, next time mi a go back, I have to have a band, because ah de so mi get the biggest forward from mi a fly from then until now," Jahvinci said in a release.
He said that the shows in England also did well. He was accompanied in England by producer-deejay Ainsley "Notnice" Morris and road manager Omar 'Milla 9' Miller.
Reggae artiste Tarrus Riley and his Blak Soil band recently put the lid on a successful European tour. The tour was the artiste's third annual jaunt and he aptly described the outing as phenomenal.
In a release to the media, Riley recalled the stand out moments and the excitement from the fans which greeted his party at each performance.
Said Riley "The tour was great. We performed at some new venues as well as some really interesting festivals. The highlight for me though were the shows that we did in Germany. We received an overwhelming response from the crowd".
The four week jaunt snaked its way through countries including Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Holland.
One of the major festivals that Riley performed at was the Roskilde Festival in Germany which attracted a reported 100,000 fans.
Reggae, dancehall singer and song writer….that's the multi faceted Jamaican bred
Gwhizz left Jamaica on July 12, 2011 did an overnight show in Canada and arrived in Japan on July 14 and that's when we had his first experience with Japan's earthquake in "Ibaragiken" Japan.
Gwhizz said, "In our hotel room on the 9th floor, jah know me and John GQ (assistance manager) ran down the stairs when we reach outside everyone was looking normal doing their own thing I guess them use to it but we...no no."
Gwhizz's first show was held at at "CLUB SIKI" Ibaragiken, Japan on July 15... Gwhizz said, "this show was amazing and surprising to see how a next culture love and appreciate my songs and respect me as a recording artiste. The turnout was good I like it."
The second show: "WEATHER KING" was held at Miyazakishi Japan, on July 16...the audience sang along with Gwhizz to all of his songs, word for word.
Last Sunday caught the Billboard charted musician, Etana in high gear as she played for scores at the UK’s flagship live music venue, The Wembley arena. The massive venue which seats over twelve thousand has hosted historic events including: The Olympics, sold out concerts for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Britney Spears and Beyonce`. The event dubbed, The One Love Peace Reggae Festival that is inspired by Bob Marley’s memorable 1978 concert in Kingston, Jamaica also shares a similar purpose, the reduction of violence within inner city communities. Etana shared the bill with other mainstream voices that promote non-violent music such as: Shaggy, Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes, Abyssinians, Third World and John Holt.
The songbird made her entrance to the grand stage with her hit song, Free, with welcoming screams and excitement from the crowd. She wasted no time before she got into her UK chart topper, August Town that was produced by London based hit maker, Curtis Lynch. In true essence of the festival’s goal in uplifting the inner-city, the appropriate track, Roots was next. Staying within the theme she went into a rendition of the honorable Jimmy Cliff’s, You Can Get It If You Really Want. Another cover that went over very well was Bob Marley’s, Is This Love. The climax for the British crowd came with her popular track, Blessings. People Talk and Warrior Love were also hits. Before exiting the stage Etana had the audience asking for more and closed with, I Am Not Afraid. The audience went into frenzy as she went on to remix the track with Richie Spice’s, The Plane Land. Etana produced a well rehearsed and exciting set.
Forty thousand patrons crammed into the Glamis Show Ground at Harare, Zimbabwe to see Elephant Man aka the ‘Energy God’ in full flight on Friday June 24th, 2011. Dancehall recording artiste Bramma was invited along to perform at the event. When introduced, his explosive entry earned him huge forwards and cheers but what was most memorable for Bramma who was not only visiting Africa for the first time but has never performed for such a huge crowd, was the fact that is his music is well known among the fans.
Pleasantly surprised at this revelation Bramma said he was humbled by the audience interaction with him as they sang word for word, every line of his selections and more notably his current hit single, “Me Nuh Trus People.” Bramma admitted that the manner in which Dancehall fans in Zimbabwe react to the music is one to get use to as there were times when the huge crowd in their celebratory mood, throw missiles on stage, “De people dem a rail dem love it but at the same time dem fling water, liquor and just about any thing dem have, it crazy, just mad!” he explained. Bramma said after his performance he was whisked away to his hotel because the crowd got a bit overly excited in an effort to greet him and while leaving the venue saw persons running behind the vehicle transporting him shouting, “Bramma, Bramma, Bramma.”
On Friday, July 15 I-Octane along with Jadakiss will be sharing the stage at Club Amazura in New York.
I-Octane who is no stranger to the tri-state area will be representing dancehall reggae while Jadakiss will provide the hip hop mix.
Presented by I-Octane and Destine Media in association with Calico Music, Group C and Raygon Entertainment, the event will also see performances from artistes such as Spragga Benz Konshens, Munga, Frisco Kid, Richie Loop, Chi Ching Ching, Baby Chris, Kranium as well as surprise special guest artistes.
I-Octane is currently enjoying a buzz on the scene with hit songs such as Lose A Friend, Study Yuh Friend ,Puff It, My Life as well as current gems such as Short Term Memory, Nah Wash, Badmind Fi Di Year, and Nuh ramp Wid Me, which currently holds the number one (1) spot on Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart.
2011 is an exciting year for the Dream Team, the band of promoters behind the Smirnoff Dream Weekend. It has been three years since they all came together to create this amazing getaway for partygoers. This year the weekend will undergo a positive transformation with a further infusion of excitement from its title sponsor Smirnoff and its many other corporate partners.
The Dream Team has also added its own elements that will make the weekend, one to remember. The diamond band is one that heightens the exclusivity and premium aspect of the event. High anticipation surrounds the annual affair as patrons wait to see what will be in store this year.
The Dream Experience:
Smirnoff Flavours - Friday July 29th
Twisted Spiritz - Friday night – July 29th
Daydreams - Saturday - July 30th
Yush - Saturday night - July 30th
Xtreme Wet and Wild (water park) - Sunday July 31st
Bere Vibes - Sunday night July 31st
Smirnoff Xclusive - Monday August 1st
+ Monday Night August 1st Bonus event for Dream armband holders
We are confident that with this lineup of events and activities will continue to redefine the holiday weekend celebrations in Jamaica for many years to come. This collection of events makes for one very inclusive experience.
The population of more than one million in Sao Luis in Brazil barely speaks a word of English. Yet the thousands, who came out for the annual Loveland Reggae Festival, sang along word for word to the edible treats served by Tarrus Riley, the man they have now dubbed as their very own ‘Superman’.
Riley and his Blak Soil band comprising saxophonist Dean Fraser were in top form at the recent event, reeling out hits one after the other.
Riley’s cover of Robin Thicke’s single Superman is one of the most popular songs in Sao Luis, receiving frequent rotation on reggae, pop and R&B radio stations. It came as no surprise that patrons were wearing Superman pendants, and ringtones bore the Superman track.
After closing its doors a few weeks ago, The Building nightclub will be officially reopening as Club Riddim on July 1st with performances from the King of Dancehall Beenie Man, Jahvinci and other artistes.
However, in a unique twist, The Building will be reopening one last time under its old nom de guerre as The Building for this Saturday's staging of Inclusive Saturdays.
Club Riddim, the Official Club of Dancehall, is now under new management and ownership, however, American businessman Corey Todd will remain as the spokesperson for the new club.
"Business is business, I am still a part of the team and I will ensure that Club Riddim will do what I set out to do in the beginning and that's represent dancehall fully. I look forward to get all selectors including ones I haven't been able to work with in the past such as Stone Love, Foota Hype, Boom Boom, Raz N Biggy, Jigsy, Mario C, the Fresh Team and even Tony Matterhorn," Todd said in a release.
The nights will consist of Magnum Ladies Night Out hosted by Boasy Boy Floyd every Tuesday where new music from all dancehall artistes will be featured and there will be a segment for new artistes to perform and show off their talents. Ladies will be free all night.
The Spice island was ready for Jamaican reggae act, Konshens, and, if his winning performance was anything to go by, then he too was ready to make an impressive Grenada debut.
The event, Digicel Reggae Fest, was held recently at the Grenada National Stadium and also included on the line-up were heavyweight reggae acts Sizzla, Coco Tea and Jah Cure, all of whom did very well.
Konshens was the first Jamaican act on stage and, for him this was a double responsibility. Not only did he have to ensure that he captivated his own fans by throwing down a great performance, he was also opening for artistes whom he considers icons in the music business and he couldn't afford to be anything other than spectacular.
But he isn't called Konshens for nothing and with calm and confidence, coated with a little swagger, he worked his set like a pro. He started with the ever popular Good Girl Gone Bad to get the place pumped up and after that, it was smooth sailing as Konshens delved into his repertoire for songs such as This Means Money, Prety Devil, Rasta Imposter, Realest Song and Simple Song.
Singer and deejay Ikaya recently wowed patrons who turned out in huge numbers at the annual Taurus Bash. The event was promoted by noted Toronto promoter Picture man Lloyd and was held at the Royal Banquet Hall in Canada.
Ikaya delivered a knock out set which included large sized bites of Hard Way, High With You, Fly Away (which was produced by Don Corleon), and Good Up.
Ikaya showed her versatility by revving up the crowd with her rendition of Rihanna's international hit What's My Name.
Prior to Ikaya's performance, the event felt the effects of the immortal Stone Love sound system, Assailant, dancehall selector Boom Boom and Future Fambo.
“It was total violation of my body and my innocent eyes,” Konshens said, trying hard - and failing miserably - to let his facial expression match his words. Unable to hold it back any longer, the laughter erupted and shook his whole body.
The deejay was describing the aftermath of his performance on Easter Monday for the people of Guyana, a land where reggae, dancehall and Konshens have the ability to bring out the best in music lovers. Konshens, in recognition of the huge and ever growing fan base he has secured there, took his ‘A’ game to Guyana and connected in a major way.
The concert, entitled Singers’ Anniversary, was held at the Guyana National Stadium and showcased the talents of dancehall artistes Lady Saw, Cham, Spice, Jah Vinci, Popcaan and Konshens. Thousands of hungry fans turned up to the event, which saw all the artistes representing well and flying the Jamaica flag high.
Konshens, whose single Gal Dem Talk has been one of the biggest tunes in Guyana for over a year, got full marks for showing his appreciation for the love that Guyana has given him. When he touched the stage, that was the first song he unleashed and the frenzy which it triggered was maintained throughout his entire set.
Alley Cat had the crowd singing line for line as he reeled hits after hits from his catalog at the South Florida Dancehall Awards (SOFLO) this past weekend.
His 10 minutes stint was short but energetic and spicy! Opening with "Party Spree" from his new "Dancehall KNowledge Vol 2" album, it energized the crowd with a combination of riddim and lyrics, he then stepped it up a notch with a medley of songs, from "Girls Tour" to "Hot Gal" to "Key Fi The Lexus", "Moggle Glammer Gal" to "No Bow Games".
The hyped crowd was feeding from Alley Cat's energy when he then cooled it down with "Why,Why" which had everyone singing along to the chorus.
Alley Cat aka Imperial was awarded amongst other for his "CONSISTENCY IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS".
VOICE MAIL, ZJ LIQUID, MACKA DIAMOND, ALOZADE, KIP RICH AND SOPHIA SQUIER were some of the many artists who were in attendance. Proceeds from the show will go to a fund for "RAVERS CLAVERS" dancer Ricardo Gordon aka "MUNDO" who is suffering from a Kidney condition and will need to undergo a Kidney transplant surgery to save his life.
Dancehall duo RDX recently returned to the island following an explosive performance in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
In a release to the media, RDX member Renigade described the performance as high energy and one that their fans in Guadeloupe will remember for a long time. "We had so much fun because the energy was extremely high. We started off performing Dancers Boom which ignited the crowd immediately. But as the show progressed, the level was raised even higher," said Renigade.
To further enhance their act, the duo invited female members of the audience on stage to participate in their routine and to also demonstrate the latest dance moves out of Jamaica.
Entertainment a pathway for foreign exchange and economic growth.
At a time when Jamaica is challenged with maintaining the viability of the hotel industry, and overseas investment interest seems to be waning, British/Jamaican nationals have found entertainment to be an excellent means of attracting tourists to the island.
BritJam is a seven-day Spring package of parties and trips to local attractions, and is patronized by hundreds of British/European & American tourists. In the last two years, BritJam has been an important indicator that Jamaica’s path to growth is through non-traditional channels.
Director of Marketing & Communications for BritJam Mr. Khori 'Doctor" Hyde also added that; "Despite the contracting world economy, tourists will undertake discretionary expenditure where the product is worthy. The challenge is for all aspects of the entertainment industry to keep standards consistently high. Artists, attractions, hotels, villas, stores...etc have benefitted from the burgeoning search for high quality springtime entertainment".
The ultimate Spring Break event BRITJAM, is scheduled for March 8-14, 2011 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Below I have put together an overview of what we are about and the direction we are headed.
After a blistering performance at the inaugural LIME All Island Carnival, which is the successor to BLD Jamaica Carnival, the "Too Much Bull Inn Di Videolight" actor ZJ Sparks is all set to blaze the 2nd in a series of all island events come February 19 in St. Mary.
Zj Sparks' high energy set had the patrons drenched in sweat as they craved for more and more of her infectious "socaholic" selections.
If you are "socaphile" you can also catch Sparks at Boardwalk on Ash Wednesday for Soca on The Sands; however, if you can't wait til then, then head to Tashamay's birthday bash at The Village Blues Bar on Friday February 11 for another blistering good time.
Entertainer Father Lu knows the importance of giving back to the community, and with that in mind, he recently staged a stage show, a Christmas treat and a dance in various communities across Jamaica, during the yuletide season.
Father Lu is of Jamaican parentage and he resides in the States. He has been busy making a name for himself in music circles in Washington DC, where his music continues to make inroads on Caribbean radio stations.
Father Lu hosted his first stage show in Beckford Krall in Clarendon which was called Christmas Fresh N Clean Bling Bash. He also hosted Gallis Sundays which is held each week in Waterhouse.
A Christmas treat held at West Bay Farm Road in the Waterhouse area saw a number of youngsters and teenagers being feted while engaging in various sporting activities.
Additionally, a street dance and a session were held in the Waterhouse community which featured a high powered lineup of sound systems including DJ Steamas of Dutty Lion High Grade and Firelinks among others.
Recently named Best Cultural Artiste for 2010 at the respected Stone Love Awards, singer Byiome Muir, aka I-Octane, is full of gratitude for this honour, while vowing to continue the musical mission started by reggae’s greatest singers.
I-Octane easily admits that 2010 has been a turning point in his career and many are saying that it could aptly be described as ‘the year of I-Octane’. It has seen his songs having immense impact locally and internationally, even as his lyrics fall easily from the lips of fans of all ages and across all socio-economic backgrounds.
The year has also witnessed an undeniable rise in the I-Octane’s popularity, evidenced by the frenzied reactions of concert-goers to his performances and his increasing demands for live appearances. The decision by telecoms giant, Digicel, to sign I-Octane as one of the wholesome faces of their media campaign has also proved significant..
The first staging of Western Fest (the Ice Breaker) turned out to be a huge success, as thousands of patrons converged on the lawns of the scenic Rhodes Hall Plantation Resort last Saturday night, to witness what turned out to be a very exciting event.
Although the event got off to a bit lat, patrons were not the least bit upset as they were kept entertained by the musical juggling of Hype Zone disco. Show time began in a rather unusual manner for a stage show, as Merrick the Magician who was not originally on the lineup, was invited on stage about 11:30 pm, by MC Dwight Findley for a brief but very entertaining performance.
The first segment of the show also featured several artistes from Hanover including Imani, Mr Groove and Lighta Secret who all did well. This segment also featured a very talented young US Rapper who goes by the name BJ American Idol; he connected well with the audience as he waxed some very catchy rhymes over heavy Hip Hop beats.
However Timmi Burrell was clearly the best act in this segment, the Negril based singer was smooth in his delivery as he closed off the first segment of the show, performing songs such as Friend In Need, Make Doh, Gi Mi A Ounce and Dark Shades White Tee. During his performance he was joined on stage by stable mate, Vengeance who made his presence felt with Pat It Dung and Weed Anthem.
Gambia's biggest Dancehall Entertainment group G Click Entertainment has done a massive regional dancehall queen contest on Friday the 19th of November 2010. The show is so far the biggest attendance of dancehall fans of 3000 people in a venue that meant to take only 1500 patrons.
The big man DJ Gfaal, Gambia's #1 dancehall selector and host of the event said, "it was a very successful show and dancehall fans of Brikama were very much happy about the presentation and overall conduct of the event.
Gfaal had the patrons rocking to hardcore dancehall music from the likes of Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Konshens and Tiana. "Before the event I got Tiana to do a dubplate as her song No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi has been doing extremely well, whenever mi drop that song the Gambian goodas girls dem walkout, it got every girl dancing and requesting for it to be played over and over
Reporting from Gambia. It’s ESSA COLLEY
Andrew & Wada Blood are back from Manhattan, USA, where they alongside their father Junior Reid performed at friend, and international rapper, Cassidy's album launch.
Wada Blood says, "It was a great experience and a great opportunity to perform for the more hard core hip hop fans and they were loving it." Prior to their Manhattan performance, the duo also gave another showstopping performance at The Prince in New Jersey, featuring their singles Hustler For Life, Hustle Till The Day I Die, their crossover single, Irie and more.
On the local scene, the duo has also released several new singles, specifically, Just For Me Alone on the Red and Black riddim, produced by the NotNice label and One Blood with Beenie Man and Junior Reid on Beenie Man's latest 'Beenie Man and Friends' musical project.
Definitely the 'Comeback Kid for the year 2010', deejay Future Fambo's career is moving from strength to strength. With his fan base growing since the release earlier this year of his Seanizzle-produced hit Rum And Red Bull, (featuring Beenie Man), Fambo's demand has spiked.
The deejay, known for his energetic on-stage presence, recently returned to Jamaica from a two-show trip to Canada, where he had fans in frenzy as he worked the stage like a pro. Dubbed Reggaelution, the shows were staged by PFB Entertainment on October 29 inside the Government Entertainment Complex in Toronto and the following night in Montreal. Both shows were well supported and kudos to the promoters for proper stage management and good time control.
Of course, Fambo's international hit Rum And Red Bull proved to be a favourite mix, despite the fact that the Doctor Beenie Man wasn't there in person to sing the hook. However, Future Fambo's delivery was on point and, as the self-proclaimed Drunken Master of the Dancehall, he delighted patrons with his infectious Swaggaholic style and song of the same name.
Also a hit with the Canadian massive was the single Pop Bottle and Fambo made sure to work it with the crowd. Before he exited centrestage, the deejay called on stage Supa Hype, much to the delight of patrons who enjoyed the extra treat.
Wake the town and tell the people. Culture has returned to the reggae music scene with a bang.
Fifth Element Records hosted a highly successful ‘Culture in the City’ event over the Halloween weekend in the United States. The two day celebration, which marked the tenth anniversary of the successful recording outfit, kicked off with the first event being held on Saturday, October 30 at the C-Pac in Brooklyn. The second concert was held the following night at Macedonia Hall in Mount Vernon, New York.
While the first concert in Brooklyn failed to attract a huge crowd, there were high energy performances from all the artistes. However, on the second night, a packed venue full of cheering fans at the Macedonia Hall greeted the artistes and they did not disappoint.
Veteran singer John Holt was in scintillating form, wowing the audience with a steady stream of hit songs from his superb catalogue. Members of the audience jumped out of their seats to dance to huge hits like "Stealing", "Love I Can Feel", “Ali Baba”, the pro-marijuana ‘Police in Helicopter’ and "If I Were A Carpenter". After performing for about 15 minutes, he even paused to take requests, belting out ‘Wear You to the Ball’, a song from his stint with the Paragons, a capella much to the delight of the female fans.
The flood rains that wrecked havoc on Jamaica recently, didn't stop the show as far as singer Tarrus Riley's scheduled performance in Guadeloupe was concerned. With the dislocation of the Harbour View Bridge, Riley had to be transported via helicopter to make it to the French island.
Riley upon landing in Guadeloupe, was welcomed with open arms by eager fans who wanted to catch a glimpse of the man who has whetted their musical appetites with a large arsenal of hits.
With a large crowd in attendance at the Lasaka, Riley riled up patrons with a show stopping one hour set. He also engaged his audience as he spoke to them at different intervals in their native French language.
The Portmore Empire's Gaza Slim is now in London, England for a weekend club gig. It will be her first performance in that country.
"I just want to thank the Almighty for this opportunity, for without Him, none of this would be possible. I feel so proud that my career is doing so well, and I am going to England to represent for me and the whole Empire to the fullest. I am not going to let Vybz Kartel or my fans down," she said in a release.
Gaza Slim's One Man hit #1 on several local charts over the Summer and her song is a fixture on many radio playlists and in dance clubs overseas.
She will be performing at the Snooker Club in London on September 18th.
Dancehall maestro Serani completed a very successful weekend in the US for Labor Day weekend, starting with a benefit concert in Brooklyn for Haiti, followed by a show-stealing performance at HOT 97's On Da Reggae Tip event, that lit up social network sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Fellow artists and industry movers and shakers, as well as a slew of fans all expressed how hard Serani went at the sold-out Reggae Tip, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, lauding him for best performance of the night.
"I think my performance surprised some people because I think they might not know how hard and how often I've been working," said Serani. "I've been pretty much touring straight for two years non-stop and I've worked really hard at my stage craft. We've also been focusing on markets that could be described as non-traditional for Dancehall acts and really been trying to break those as well. I've been to Europe three times already this year so we're just trying to get the music out there on a wide scale. Every artiste did very well at On Da reggae Tip and it was a great platform for me to showcase how far I have come."
"Inclusive Saturdays", held in The Building kicked off last weekend with its "Launch to Greatness" edition on Saturday night. Thinking outside the box, the promoters had a few surprises up their sleeves for the happening. With much experience individually, Chad Williams and Deane Shepherd have come together with Street Vybz Rum to create CDC events. "The theme behind Inclusive Saturdays is to introduce a mixed drinks inclusive event with the dancehall vibe". Each week, Street Vybz mixes will be inclusive but look out for specials from other products".
Street Vybz Rum, no doubt a staple in the dancehall community, offered party goers many options for the night; a mix with orange juice, pineapple, fruit punch and other fruit mixes. Party cups in the hands of patrons showed they fancied the mixes as requests for top-ups kept bartenders and waitresses busy throughout the night.
Nesbeth has returned from Calgary where he performed at the Calgary International Reggae Festival sharing stage with the likes of Beres Hammond and Kenyatta Hill and the Inner Circle Band. The artiste is beaming about his overall experience, the hospitable treatment of the promoters and the aroused reception from the large crowd in attendance of the event, made his experience “one he will not forget in a long time.”
Not often enough, positive reports of the hospitality shown to some artistes by promoters make the news. Nesbeth however, applaud the Promotional Team of the Calgary International Reggae Festival for their professionalism and hospitality. “It felt good especially after a delayed flight that had me waiting in one airport for over 5 hours and having to night over in Toronto before getting into Calgary.”
The US leg of reggae singer Tarrus Riley's latest tour continues to attract fans from across the United States. The jaunt has so far played in Connecticut, Rhode Island in New York, Virginia, Washington and New Jersey.
In a release, Riley was quite excited about the tour and spoke about the acceptance of reggae music by its ardent supporters. ‘The tour has been really exciting and the fans have been coming out in large numbers and accepting the positive reggae music that we are giving them’.
Riley's US tour follows closely on the heels of a two week jaunt in Europe.
There are four shows remaining on the US leg of Riley's tour. The tour comes to an end on August 24 at BB King in New York City.
Back home in Jamaica, Riley's latest single and video Wildfire (Protect the People) continues to bubble under several video and singles charts. It recently peaked at number three on Video Alley Top Ten Countdown.
It's going to be quite the experience this weekend in Japan, as Chino, Stephen "Di Genius" and other members of the Big Ship family prepare to set the stage ablaze at the Yokohama Reggae Bash.
The concert which will kick start Chino's two week tour of Japan to promote his newly-released Japan album, Never Change, is slated to take place this Saturday, and is the annual brainchild of the Mighty Crown Sound System selectors. For this its 16th year, Chino who is currently in Japan says, "This will be the first show to kick off the Japan tour and I'm going to make my set as enjoyable as possible. This concert usually has more than 40, 000 people in attendance and my fans here have been extremely supportive so I really want to make it a great experience for them."
The support Chino refers to, is releasing his sophomore album, Never Change, a few weeks ago and having it debut at the number 7 spot then later that day the album rocketed its way to the second position on the Japan Reggae iTunes chart. After the Yokohama Reggae Bash, Chino will continue on to Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe, Fukuoka and other spots in Japan. Fans can keep up with Chino and Di Genius as they make their trek across Japan at their youtube video blog, (vlog), "BigshipBlogs".
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We have heard the most magnificent voices on many commercials throughout South Florida. But only one voice stands out. Shara Davis, otherwise known as Shara KiKi, has the most defined Caribbean voice that falls into character no matter what entertainment event, role, social event, or business is being promoted over the airwaves. With multiple personalities throughout her voicing, every event has a variety of spices designed to intrigue everyone's listening senses.
Watch Da Hype Records & Recording Studio awarded Shara Kiki at Asylum- Night of Mayhem- All Inclusive Party at Jamrock Cafe on Saturday, August 7, 2010. As the host of many social events for Watch Da Hype Promotions, she didn't know what Watch Da Hype planned for her that night. Shara, surprised and in shock, greatly appreciated and accepted her award as she thanked all of the Watch Da Hype Members for such honor and recognition.
DJ Shine brought his 'A' game to Heineken Beer Vibes recently in Negril. Promoted by RAS Promotions, the event saw Shine delivering an outstanding presentation which left many bodies and feet weary after coming under attack from a catalogue of hit songs.
Kicking off his set with songs from Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Sanchez, Ronnie Thwaites, and Wayne Wonder, Shine then upped the tempo with a delivery of hip hop treats, which took patrons on a musical escape.
Patrons could hardly contain themselves as the jam packed venue saw bumping heads and bodies swaying to the groove as Shine and his mic man Jon Jon waged and unadulterated musical assault.
Shine's early stint took the party to an elevated dimension, and paved the way for credible sets from the likes of Fire Links, ZJs Liquid and Bambino, Coppershot and Richie D.
Reggae singer Tarrus Riley's latest tour which began its trek more than a week ago is already making inroads. According to Riley, a large number of fans and supporters of reggae music have been coming out in impressive numbers to quench their musical thirsts.
"The tour has been going really great so far, I can't complain. The vibes really nice and it’s just pure clean vibes", an excited Riley stated on the weekend.
The five week jaunt which will include stops stateside and several European countries, has so far snaked its way in California (Berkley, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz), the Garance Reggae Festival in France, Reggae Jam Fest in Germany, and in the UK.
Commenting on his performance at the recently held Hollywood Bowl in the US where he shared stage with the iconic Jimmy Cliff and riddim twins Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Riley said "It was a great experience and I enjoyed every minute of it. Just to be on the same stage with legends like Jimmy Cliff and Sly and Robbie is awesome".
Riley's next stateside appearance will be at the New Jersey Reggae Fest on Sunday August 15.
Fast rising female deejay Ikaya has a reason to feel good about her career. She proved that she had what it takes to hold a 12,000 strong crowd and deliver.
The deejay took the Catherine Hall stage on Thursday, July 22 at 10:30 pm adorned in a black sexy edgy Lady Gaga like outfit, accompanied by her three back up singers and launched accapella style into the single that first gained her attention in the dancehall Amber Alert.
She then went into a medley of songs including Good Up Good Up, Headliner, Joe Grind, Hard Way closing out her segment with Money Ova Man.
Ikaya says she is happy with the response she received from the crowd, "I made sure I put in the rehearsal time and was determined to give of my best. But it was great to see that my performance went over well," she said, adding, "Honestly, this experience was a wonderful one for me. Having conquered this hurdle, I am now looking forward to bigger and better things happening in my career," Ikaya said.
With Reggae Sumfest now behind her, the deejay is heads to St Mary mi come from show.
When the Renaissance Disco celebrates its 21st anniversary on August 7, the festivities will be see a Blackjack theme in full effect.
According to Renaissance top selector Delano Thomas, the Blackjack theme promises to be quite exciting. 'Just like poker blackjack, Renaissance can be considered as the highest hand in music and party production. Blackjack means 21 which signifies 21 years of the existence of the sound. We also see the blackjack theme as a viable way to have an all black party, which is quite the opposite of our Christmas All White party’, said Thomas.
The Renaissance 21st anniversary party will take place at the Palisadoes Go Kart Track. The event will see the Renaissance Disco's cadre of selectors as well as special guest selectors, pumping the latest in party music.
Pressed on what patrons can expect at the event, Thomas said 'The musical selections will consist of extreme high energy - pulsing hits - in keeping with the standard of a high end Blackjack excellence - all inclusive drinks all night. The food area setup with parallel casino booths and will be accessible to patrons in our royal suites. Women dressed in high roller attire and swagger, will be selected from the crowd randomly, to pop bottles with the Renaissance dealers'.
Last Saturday, the conscious crusader’s video for the hot single My Life enjoyed its world premiere Onstage (CVM TV). Since then there has been a steady buzz surrounding it.
Lose A Friend is now sitting in the number one position on the Toronto Radio Dubplate Top 10 Chart.
I-Octane could not be any happier about all this as he says, “for me it’s the reward for putting good music out there. It shows that when you do songs that touch the heart of people it will always find a niche.”
Last Friday morning at Digicel’s Jus Bus summer promotions launch at Mandela Park, the singjay was a hit with his many fans there when he took the stage. They just could not seem to get enough of him. Fortunately for them other opportunities will present itself as the I-Octane will be one of the featured performers on the Digicel road shows which will be taking him across the island. Wednesday July 7th you will see him making the first of those stops in Clarendon and Manchester.
Sharing the stage with Lady Saw and Ce'Cile, the up-and-coming artiste held her own going on right after a fiery performance from the bad gal of dancehall Ce'Cile.
Ikaya opened her set with Amber Alert before going into singles such as Good Up Good Up and closing out with Best Wine (a counteraction to Gyptian's Hold Yuh).
"I was really heartened by the warm reception I received. It's shows that my music is reaching its target," commented Ikaya about the crowd's response to her performance.
In other news the video for her latest single Money Ova Man is enjoying chart success on both Hype TV's VTX and RE TV's MVP video countdown charts.
The video is currently in the number two position on both charts. The single is also receiving good rotation on local airwaves.
Kingston, Jamaica: Dancehall artiste Timberlee recently completed a sizzling run in the Eastern Caribbean. Fans there have been warming up to her performances as well as to her music, a fitting start to an expected hectic summer.
She began in late April, with performances in Antigua and Dominica. On May 21 she cemented her reputation as a competent and energetic performer with her Barbados fan base, after giving a commendable performance at the Party Stand venue sharing stage with Hip Hop star Rick Ross, along with other dancehall mavericks billed for the event. On May 28, she was in neighbouring Trinidad, where she did a special performance on the Treasure Queen boat in Port of Spain. Wednesday June 2 saw her at the Sting Night Club, in Gulf View, La Romain for a memorable performance on her birthday. Timberlee's welcomed presence in the eastern Caribbean is no accident, as her tunes are precious gems on the radio stations and in the nightclubs.
Described by the associated press as prestigious and politically influenced, Etana delivered a stellar performance at the UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival in California. She belted out her hit tunes, Roots, Warrior Love and Blessings to the delight of a sold out crowd of over 11,000.
Dressed in a bright blue cotton skirt and matching T-Shirt branded ‘Raw Soul’, the conservative beauty crooned her rendition of the legendary tune, Don’t Let Me Down. Onlookers were thrilled by her amazing vocals.
Ikaya who was on a three gig stint in Canada made her first stop at Miss Independent, held at Laroomba in Toronto, after that it was onto Passa Passa at Some Place Else Club in Bramford on May 23. After working up a sweat there Ikaya left that venue to hook up with Jamaican heavyweight sound Stone Love for Taurus Bash which was held at Speranza Banquet Hall in Brampton.
"It was the perfect way to end the evening as it was pure nice vibes in the house. Wee Pow from Stone Love and Jaro were nicing up the place," Ikaya.
After that Ikaya, the lone performer on the bill took the stage performing songs such as Good Up Good Up, Headliner, Clean Up and Better Wine a counteraction to Gyptian's hugely popular Hold Yuh.
At one point the singjay had patrons engaged in a sing-a-long as she sang happy birthday to the promoter Pictureman Lloyd.
"Trust me, I couldn't have asked for a better reception," she said.
Held at Skyline Drive in Jacks Hill, the high riding DJ Shine (The Formula) worked his magic on the turntables and ensured that patrons had the time of their lives rocking to the latest in recorded music.
The musical selections matched with finger snapping scratches and mixes created a kaleidoscope of musical arsenal that kept patrons dancing from the moment they entered the venue.
It was Shine’s debut at the event, and patrons were not disappointed.
A fourth place finisher in the 2009 Heineken Green Synergy competition, Shine has been on a musical high unleashing his musical artistry on the turntables at a number of high profile events over the past eight months.
Coming up next for Shine are appearances at Barcode, Sweet Escape, Rumbunktious Overdose, Coco Fridays, Tabu Thursdays, Intense Orgasm Pool Party and Rum-Utopia among other events.
Reggae singer Anthony Cruz provided the musical thrills and left the audience in a satisfied mood, having performed at a Mothers Day concert in Orlando, Florida.
The event billed For the Love of Mama, also featured performances from the likes of Etana, Nadine Sutherland, newcomer Denyque and Virgin Islands native Alayna.
From the moment he stepped on stage, the screams from the females were deafening. Kicking off his stint with Mama’s Blessing, Cruz in full control working up a sweat with appetizing treats including No Gun a Dance, Place Too Bloody, Half Way Tree, Block The Road, remakes of You’ll Think of Me, The Closer I Get To You and U Got it Bad, Foolish Heart, and his current radio hit Only the Father.
After his performance, Cruz signed autographs and provided photo opportunities for the fans who have continued to support him.
The show was promoted by Mr. CC Productions.
His first stop was Appleton May Daze which kicked off its 2010 season at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Friday May 7. Shine who is billed as one of the resident Djs for the weekly event, threw down the latest jams comprising culture, dancehall, hip hop and dance treats.
The following night it was "Yesterday" the Best of the 90's party at the Mas Camp Village in New Kingston, which was promoted by GLK Entertainment. The event which was well attended saw Shine warming patrons in the early segment with R&B delicacies from the 1990's. His repertoire then went into overdrive as he unleashed dancehall nuggets from the 1990's including hits from JC Lodge, Beres Hammond, Cutty Ranks and many others.
DJ Shine has been steadily making a name for himself on the party circuit ever since he finished fourth in the 2009 season of the Heineken Green Synergy competition. He is billed for a number of parties each week, leading into the summer season.
"Wah Gwaan OutAroad"…The Building formerly known as the Asylum was the place to be last night as the Gaza crew took over the Building.
Up next was Gullyside selector Boom Boom who had the ladies "a ben ova", while "15 Kerrys" took the front of stage and "brukout" to several of Mavado's hit songs. The gangsta selector also played a few rude bowy tracks for the "Hotskulls" in the Building which includes Mavado's "Man A General".
Overall the night belongs to the Gaza crew which saw Jah Vinci, Popcaan and Vybz Kartel delivering short but brilliant performances. Both Jah Vinci and Gaza's newest upcoming star Popcaan had the ladies screaming while the thugs beat "dung di walls".
After a few minutes of shine for the two all hell broke loose when the Gaza General Vybz Kartel took centre stage.
It was a weekend of electrifying performances from the artiste, Mr. Vegas. The singjay who has been busy scorching things up across the Caribbean and the USA yesterday, (Tuesday), returned from a series of ICC World Cup Twenty20 Cricket-related performances.
To commence his weekend, Mr. Vegas alongside Shaggy, Fayan Lyons and the Forever Blessed crew, which includes singer, Natel, dancers, Boricia and the Jamaican "Michael Jackson" gave an intense performance at the ICC World Cup in Guyana on Friday.
"That show was great. After each performance, you could hear the thousands in the crowd roaring for more from the artistes. It was an amazing feeling," said Mr. Vegas about the performances at the matches which took place in Guyana between Pakistan, South Africa, Australia and India.
Sunday May the 2nd may very well be a date that is remembered in the minds of the Guyanese people, (specifically the City/Town of Linden) for years to come, because apart from the week long City/Anniversary celebration that included everything that one could be desire when it came to entertainment, sound clash, beauty contest, cricket matches and so on, all of that was simply not enough, because in a manner that could be considered, being summoned by royal decree, the presence of the Money goddess was requested, and in true goddess fashion, she responded to the call and stood tall.
With an audience numbering close to 3,000 dancehall patrons inside Guyana's MSC Ground, Macka Diamond not only answered the call like the champ years have proven her to be, but came, saw, and conquered, leaving Guyana literally begging for more.
"When extra police affi come fi keep off di people dem, yuh mus know," says Macka, in reference to her after performance experience that came with much needed reinforcements to keep her over zealous fans at bay.
"The show was great! We shell it dung man. I love performing and entertaining my fans so having them enjoy what I have to offer is a good feeling," said G-Whizz.
After returning to the island on Sunday, G-Whizz immediately made his way to the Curry Festival in St. Ann, where he performed at the concert staged later that evening.
This weekend, G-Whizz, whose correct name is Garland Rowe will be unveiling the video for one of his latest singles, Tomorrow. Tomorrow, an inspirational track, was the brain-child of Whizz, who thought a follow-up of sorts to his hit single, Life, was necessary.
"People encounter problems everyday and feel down sometimes, and sometimes you just want someone to encourage you. Sometimes that's not even a friend, it can come from music. That's what I want to offer through my songs. I'm hoping the video and the song will touch and encourage people," he said. The video for Tomorrow will be premiered on TVJ's Entertainment Report tomorrow night (Friday).
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Dancehall artiste, Mr. Vegas gave nothing short of an explosive performance at the "I am Blessed" gospel concert held at the Evanda Child High School in Bronx, NY, last weekend. In fact, anticipation about Mr. Vegas' performance was so high, that many eager patrons had to be turned away from the already overflowing venue.
The venue which was filled to capacity roared with excitement and praise as Mr. Vegas belted praise and worship songs to the crowd. He says, "The experience was a tremendous one. Even though I was the performer, I felt so blessed being there and giving thanks to God for every blessing He has bestowed on me. The song, I Am Blessed was my testimony about all the difficulties I've been through and something I know others out there can relate to and likewise, I hope the show was a blessing to others."
Mr. Vegas will be donating his payment from the concert to the Martha's House Children's Home, for children living with HIV/AIDS. "The home was demolished last year by fire and there are still a number of things that they need for completion. So this is my way of helping them and reaching out," said the singjay whose correct name is Clifford Smith.
Mr. Vegas is currently in Guyana to perform at the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match. He returns to the island on Monday.
The all drinks inclusive old school party, Yesterday Best of the 90's will embark on a school uniform theme for its next staging
The event which is set to unfold on Saturday May 8 at the Mas Camp village in New Kingston, will feature a number of attractions which will no doubt keep patrons entertained throughout the night.
According to Gyete Ghartey of GLK Entertainment, promoters of the popular old school party series, Yesterday will be embarking on charitable projects for its next staging. Said Bartley 'We are utilizing the school uniform theme and the school that is most represented at the party, will win a desk top Dell computer for the school'.
Patrons have grown accustomed to the kind of entertainment and energy delivered at Yesterday parties, and the May 8th staging will be no different. Three of the island's top selectors have been commissioned to spin the hits to keep patrons dancing all night long.
Sponsors for Yesterday Best of the 90's include Durex Condoms, Intech, Jus Farms, CVM-TV, Irie FM, and Superior Auto Parts.
He has already racked up interviews with some of the USA's leading media houses and personalities catering to the Dancehall industry, ranging from: Vibe Magazine's Rob Kenner, of the 'Boomshots' section; Pat McKay of Sirius radio; Hot 97 Boston; Choice 102.9FM, Datz Hit Radio 103.1fm, Vibe 105.1fm and more. In addition, Romain also did a 'meet and greet' with an outpouring of fans at the Irie Jamaica Style Restaurant in Boston. The event was hosted by Hot 97's DJ JKool.
Dancehall singjay, G-Whizz known for one of the biggest anthems of last year, Life, performed at three shows in England last weekend and all three earned him encore performances. TO DOWNLOAD GWHIZZ'S NEW SINGLE TOMORROW CLICK HERE
This was quite an achievement for G-Whizz, because, though his music has transcended cultural barriers, this was the artiste's first time in England. The three shows in Leeds, Eastham and Leicester, each outdid the other and proved that he is definitely one of the industry's finest to watch for the future. Each show's lineup also included Razz from "Razz and Biggie" and Serani.
In the wake of announcing their 35th anniversary celebration tour, Third World embarked on a rigorous schedule for 2010 that has them traveling to Spain, Belgium, Poland and Australia. In typical Third World fashion, the reggae ambassadors set the tone for what fans could expect when they performed to sold-out crowds in St. Thomas and British Virgin Islands on March 26th and 27th respectively.
No strangers to the Virgin Islands, a place that is a second home to the group, the band was welcomed with open arms. And even though the band performed on the island four months earlier, media outlets requested that the band make themselves available for radio and television interviews and fans clamored to purchase tickets - a true testament of their loyal fan base.
Last night (March 19) The Building was on fire as the resident DJ Scientist raised the roof off The Building with his usual "out of this world mix"…combined with creative chattering which helps to keep the audience alive. The other members of the popular Arif 'Supa Coop' Cooper (Fresh Team) gang Krazy Dean and Dr. Cee also had the audience rocking.
"How him get suh hot from wha day," said one female patron while her friend crabbed onto the railing and gyrates her waistline to Mavado & Stacious' Come Into My Room.
Scientist is definitely a "research" away from being the next top selector as long as he can continue to maintain the musical energy each week at Fresh Fridayz.
Scientist is one of the many selectors who have fought for their space in this competitive music industry and Scientist will definitely be ranked amongst some of the top gunz Inna 2010.
Slot machines were not the only things being played at the Acropolis Gaming Lounge last Friday night. Drums were being struck and guitars were being strummed as well. It was as though members of In-Digg-Nation manipulated the very air in the building. For all the net worth of the venue, the priceless energy could not be purchased. Protoje, stepped on stage at around 8:30pm to let the crowd know that it was going to be ‘Dread.’
"The entire performance was one of the most memorable occasions in the history of Acropolis,” said Brian George, President and CEO of Supreme Ventures, which owns the establishment. "The size of the crowd speaks for itself but what is more significant is the positive vibes that Protoje generates on stage."
With the high-riding single Ears Hard in his arsenal, reggae artiste Vybrant took to the stage at Magnum Follow Di Arrow ready to stamp his name indelibly on patrons in the audience… and he did just that. The smooth-sounding vocalist stepped out at the event, held at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, armed with the sweet sound of reggae music.
As he launched his high-energy stint on stage, his lyrics - laced with positive messages and melodic harmonies - found its way into the hearts of patrons, who caused the performer to “go even harder” when his much-hoped for ‘forward’ was realised.
“Follow Di Arrow was very good for me and it was a very good experience. Anywhere I can get to express myself through music and anywhere I can give people a chance to enjoy themselves in music and please the audience, I always enjoy myself,” said Vybrant, whose real name is Andre Johnson, of the concert, which featured acts like Bounty Killer, Assassin, Mavado, Macka Diamond, Stacious and more.
The current season of the Coke Zero/RETV High School Tour kicked off on Tuesday March 2 at the Tarrant High School in Kingston.
From the moment the tour bus with the entertainers arrived on the school’s compound, loud screams pierced the air.
The entertainers knew they had a mission, which was to promote the message of Abstinence Mek Sense. The message rang throughout the proceedings, as students hung on to every word.
Tour ambassadors DJ Nicholas, newcomers Denyque and Makeida, Raine Seville, Timberlee, Tifa, I Octane, Etana, QQ and Ding Dong, kept the students on a musical high.
Ministry of Education representative Matthew Mothersill delivered a presentation about safe sex and the importance of abstinence. This was well received by the students.
Giveaways from sponsors and entertainment from fellow students at the institution also added to the entertainment package.
The Coke Zero/ RETV School tour is presented by RETV in association with Three Sixty Marketing. Sponsors include Claro, Mothers, Tastee Cheese, Really Great Yogurt, and Act II Popcorn.
Captain Barky who is a member of the famous dancehall duo Captain Barkey and Wicker Man is known for his witty lyrics and his hilarious stage antics. Over the years he and his partner in crime Wicker Man have scored numerous hits as a duo, they have also done several successful solo projects. Captain Barkey’s hits include songs such as Bun Fi Bun, Go Go Wine, Pose Gal Pickney, Anti-Christ and Go Go Macarena.
Captain Barkey seems poised for more solo success as one of his latest singles titled She Nah Lef Joe on Truck Back Records’ Steel Frog rhythm is getting crazy rotation on radio stations both locally and abroad; it is also causing quite a stir in the dancehall.
Captain Barkey is also receiving strong rotation with other singles such as Care Yuh Pickney which was produced Delly Ranx on the Shaolin Temple rhythm and Mek Yuh Bumper Roll done in tandem with Gyptian, this single was produced by Don Sniper on his Jamaica Live Soca rhythm.
Captain Barky and Wicker Man are booked to appear on the annual Follow Di Arrow stage show which will take place on Saturday the 27th of February at James Bond Beach in St. Mary.
By Ralston "Tori-Shae" Barrett
There was hardly any space to be found inside the Negril Escape Resort last Tuesday night as dancehall superstar Shaggy performed to a packed house at the weekly Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series. Shaggy’s performance took the series to a new level, his act was indeed a very exciting one; no wonder he is such a revered star world wide. From the moment he touched the stage at 10:45 PM Shaggy treated the audience to a very energetic set that included hits such as Boombastic, Oh Carolina, Sexy Lady, Church Heathen, Fly High, Sweet girl, Angel, Summer Time, It Wasn’t Me and Strength Of A Woman. During his set Shaggy was joined on stage by Rayvon to deliver several of their chart topping duets.
The patrons could not get enough Shaggy even after he returned to the stage for a well deserved encore they still wanted more.
Before Shaggy's performance the audience was treated to some decent performances by up-coming artists Mr. Peck, Escapade and Terry Wonder. Next week's show will feature top flight reggae act Jah Cure who will be making his second appearance since the series began last November.
Not even the threat of rain could dampen the vibes inside the Negril Escape Resort last Tuesday night, as Tarrus Riley who was making his second appearance on the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series rocked the house. Tarrus Riley gave another awesome performance inside the same venue where kicked off the series of concerts last November. Singing hits such as Lion Paw, Start A New, Beware, Good Girl Gone Bad, Contagious, Stay With You, She’s Royal and We Got It Going On he could do no wrong. His hour long performance also featured his now customary clash with his musical director saxophonist extraordinaire Dean Fraser and when his act came to an end the patrons begged for more. Tarrus willingly obliged and delivered a few more songs and they still demanded more but that was not to be as it was time for the show to come to an end.
By Ralston "Tori-Shae" Barrett
The Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series will come to an end on the 9th of March 2010. The series kicked of on November 17th last year ad has been very successful as every Tuesday since its inception hundreds of patron have come out to support the weekly concert series which is held at the Negril Escape Resort. The concerts have featured some of reggae’s top acts such as Richie Spice, Sanchez, Tanya Stephens, Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor, Julian Marley, Jah Cure and Chaka Demus & Pliers. Also the production standards for the series have been very high as the chief organizer and promoter of the series Carey Wallace CEO of Negril Escape, ensures that every aspect of his productions are dealt with in a very serious manner.
There are four concerts left in the series; next Tuesday’s concert will be headlined by Tarrus Riley. Also on the bill for that concert is promising new artist Protoje and Negril based deejay Mr. Peck. The following Tuesday will see international reggae superstar Shaggy in the house along with long time stable mate Rayvon. The last two shows which will be held on the 2nd and the 9th of March will feature Jah Cure and Wayne Wonder respectively.
The red carpet at the 2010 Youth View Awards saw major stars and celebrities coming out in their numbers. But while the photographers snapped away and television crew jockeyed for interviews with the stars, DJ Shine kept the vibes flowing with an avalanche of hits.
From the opening of the red carpet until the awards show got underway, it was DJ Shine whose musical artistry kept the teenagers and stars rocking as they made their way into the National Indoor Sports Centre.
So pulsating was the vibe from some of the latest hip hop, alternative and rap tunes, that some patrons hung on the outside of the venue chilling with friends, even while the awards show was underway.
Since making their debut three years ago popular sound system Darkcide International continues to make major strikes in the Jamaican music arena. Last week the Kingston-based sound returned from a month-long tour of the United States.
Kicking off their tour the sound made stops at several radio stations across the U.S. where they once again unraveled their musical artistry to the millions who tuned in for their return after leaving a lasting impression last December.
On the second leg, Darkcide International did an extensive sweep of all the hot spots in the Florida area including popular promoter Karim Hype's birthday celebrations at Club Revolution, Hollywood later that night it was onto Star Struck in Hialeah playing alongside compatriots ZJ Liquid, Tony Matterhorn and Youth View Wards Nominee for Sound of the Year - Coppershot Disco the following week the team marched into Truck Stop, Club MVP, Jimmy’s, Ibiza, Sosta Lounge, Ginger Bay, The Matador before culminating their Sunshine state leg with a beach party at John U Lloyd Beach, Ocean Drive.
By Ralston "Tori-Shae" Barrett
Reggae star Spanner Banner has been working hard to regain his former status in the local music industry since he returned to Jamaica a few years ago. The prolific hit maker was residing in the UK for over three years hence his absence from the local music scene in the earlier part of this decade. Despite all the obstacles he has faced in his bid to achieve this goal, Spanner Banner has stepped back into the local spotlight wit his recent number one hit single Rolling Stones.
His return to the local musical landscape has found favor with fans and music industry insiders alike. Therefore it comes as no surprised that he has copped the award for Biggest Come Back Artist of the Year in the Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards (EMEs) which was held last night at The Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
Rising reggae/dancehall artist Timmi Burrell was in fine form when he performed at the Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards (EMEs), which was held on the 4th of February 2010 at The Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. The dapperly dressed young man was the first performer in a segment of the awards show dubbed the Tribute To Studio One and he got things off to a very good start with a splendid rendition of Horace Andy's timeless classic Skylarking, which was produced by the great Jamaican producer Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd who founded the Studio One studio and label in the 1960s.
Judging from the response of the audience his effort was well appreciated. The main man behind the EMEs Richard Burgess was very pleased with Timmi Burrell's performance; "Timmi got the show off to a very fine start I must say, he is certainly poised for great things", said Richard Burgess when asked for his thoughts about the budding artist's performance.
WATCH: Timmi Burrell's Take You On A Journey
By Ralston "Tori-Shae" Barrett
Two days after his brothers Stephen and Ziggy picked up Grammy Awards in the Best Reggae Album and the Best Children's album category respectively, Julian Marley played to a full house at the Negril Escape Resort at Negril One Love Reggae Concert show which was held on Tuesday February 2, 2010. It was Marley Magic all the way as Julian Marley rocked the house in fine style.
His nearly two hour long performance saw him reeling of songs such as Father’s Plce, Harder Dayz, Boom Draw, Awake, Lion In The Morning and Loving Clear along with several of his father’s timeless hits. The huge audience sang along, screamed and applauded right throughout his performance.
The show was opened by Ras Noble, Power Drill and Iron Head all these acts gave a good account of themselves.
The next show in the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series will feature veteran lovers’ rock singer John Holt along with Richie Melody and the Uprizing Band.
Once Ago the east was dominated by Bounty Killer with his then annual Saddle To Di East show. However with the absent of Bounty's Saddle To Di East - DJ Sparks has made it her "call of duty" to keep the sparks gashing from Rockfort to Morant Bay.
Patrons came out in their numbers to witness DJ Sparks "shell dung" Yankee Plaza, Morant Bay last weekend along with DJ Keino. Sparks' selection had the dancers from the east in a "State Of Mind"(Jay Z) as they "Skip To Ma Lou" and shouting out "Mi Life Soon Sort Out" by G Whizz.
Party-goers from di East of Jamaica will have another thriller with Sparks as she will be heading back for the upcoming Carnival season.
Apart from having fans zipping to the groove of her sparkling mixes on ZIP FM from Sunday to Wednesday. Music lovers from Turks & Caicos can now experience Sparks' "Zippin Feelin" every Friday night from 10pm to midnight on Radio Turks & Caicos.
Sparks will also be one of the Emcees for The Settlement Press Launch this Friday Feb. 13.
Fresh from his recent stint at the Coke Zero Presents Sean Kingston in concert where he kept patrons busy prior to the on stage performances, disc jock and selector DJ Shine was in top form recently in Linstead.
At the event Party on the Farm, DJ Shine alongside toaster Jon Jon had patrons scrambling for space in the already jam packed venue, to groove to the latest musical treats.
After digging into his catalogue of goodies, Shine unleashed a healthy dose of party music comprising tunes from Ding Dong, Sizzla and Elephant Man among others.
Party on the Farm, a birthday celebration for promoters Omar Perrin and Comar 'Frankie' Campbell, was held at Jus Farms, Time and Patience in Linstead.
The event saw a large turnout of patrons who also partied to music from Kurt 'The Party Animal' Riley and 3rd Dimension.
By Ralston "Tori-Shae" Barrett
An overwhelming amount of patrons came out to see topflight reggae artist Richie Spice in performance on Tuesday the 19th of January at the Negril Escape Resort. The event was the weekly Negril One Love Reggae Concert Series, which is proving to be quite a hit amongst music lovers in the western end of the island. On Tuesday night Richie Spice delivered that could possibly be the performance of the series, which has had some very memorable performances so far from the likes of Sanchez, Tarrus, Riley, Jah Cure, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Etana, Freddie McGregor and Queen Ifrica.
By Ralston "Tori-Shae" Barrett
Cultural deejay Junior X’ career has been in an upswing mode since he got signed by the US based record label Revolutionary Entertainment in 2009. His controversial hit single The Pill (Revolutionary Entertainment) has signaled his return to the local music scene after a brief hiatus.
His recent performance at the Pepsi Rebel Salute showcase at Port Kaiser’s Sports Club, is proof that he is in indeed ready for the big stage. Although his set was short it was very entertaining as the always positive deejay treated the Rebel Salute crowd to lyrical gems such as The Pill and his latest single Gangster Life before closing his performance with his big hit song Plead My Cause.
Junior X is currently getting ready to drop the video for his latest single title Gangster Life which was produced by Dennis Livingston of Revolutionary Entertainment. He is also working on his soon to be released debut album.
Fast rising deejay Tyrical who has been nominated by the Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards in the Break through Artist of the Year category, gave a delightful performance at the just concluded Pepsi Rebel Salute which was held on Saturday night. Clad in a yellow outfit Tyrical came on stage sometime after 10PM singing his big hit tune Want My Own, which immediately drew a very positive response from the large audience.
The very creative deejay showed off his versatility by performing a reworked version of Reggae King Bob Marley’s classic No Woman Nuh Cry, entitled No Haiti No Cry. His passionate tribute to the people of the earthquake stricken country was all also a winner with the audience. He closed out his short but entertaining set with Ghetto Prayer and World Lock.
Tyrical is currently enjoying good rotation on radio stations both locally and abroad with new singles such as Want Mi, Too Close, War Inna Reggae and Bless Mi Soul.
Ralston Tori-Shae Barrett
Two months into the inaugural staging of the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series it has been proven that the weekly concert series is indeed a winner. So far the series has been bringing a lot of traffic to the One Love Drive formerly known as the Westend Road on a weekly basis. Last Tuesday's staging which featured reggae artists Alborosie and Duane Stephenson continued the trend of success, as hundreds of patrons filed into the Negril Escape resort to witness what turned out to be another wonderful concert.
Duane Stephenson, who hit stage about 10:39, opened his performance with a beautiful song titled Love In The City, which instantly drew a positive response from the audience. He continued to rock the house with hits such as Real Ghetto Pain, Let Love Live, August Town, Give A Helping Hand and Little Cottage In Negril. At the end of his nearly hour long performance he earned a well deserved encore.
By Ralston "Tori-Shae" Barrett
Queen Ifrica delivered a dynamic performance at the Negril One Love Reggae winter series Concert that was held at Negril Escape Resort on Tuesday January 5, 2010. Despite the threat of bad weather that was looming on the horizons, patrons came out in their numbers for the event. Queen Ifrica who replaced Luciano as the headliner for this event appeared on stage at 11PM dressed in a camouflage outfit and delivered an hour-long performance that was just absolutely stunning to say the least. Accompanied by her backing band the C Sharp Band she treated the audience to a musical feast which consisted of hits such as Daddy, Mi Ah Mi Love, Far Away, Lioness On The Rise, Randy, keep it to yourself and Montego Bay. For her encore, she performed a Spanish version of Daddy.
Junior X was also in fine form his half an hour set was well received by the Negril audience. He treated the audience to a very inspirational performance that featured hits such as The Pill, Freedom, Gangster Life, Plead My Cause and Free Up Yourself. Opening acts were Justice Merchant and Gregory Steele.
The next show in the series will be held on Tuesday the 12th of January at the Negril Escape Resort and will feature Italian reggae sensation Alborosie and Duane Stephenson.
Out A Road recording artiste Ikaya made a successful Sting debut on Boxing Day at the Jamworld Entertainment Complex in Portmore.
She made her stage entrance on stage chanting the single Amber Alert which earned her a lot of love from the hard to please Sting crowd.
"It was really something, to see," a pleased Ikaya said, adding that from there it was smooth sailing.
Performing in the Vixens of Dancehall slot Ikaya then performed her hit single Good Up Good Up but it was the 'mix up' song that really had the crowd going and that was Headline where she took digs at Lisa Hype.
Fast rising deejay Tyrical delivered an impressive performance at the recently held Sting 2009 showcase on Boxing Day, at Jam World in Portmore. Tyrical has been knocking on the doors of the local music industry for some time now. His performance at Sting shows that he has finally arrived into the mainstream.
Like a seasoned veteran the talented Rastafarian deejay took the sting stage and delivered an impressive set. Performing popular songs such No Guerilla War, World Lock and his current hit Want My Own it seems he could do no wrong, as song he delivered received huge forwards from the massive Sting audience in the wee hours of the morning.
Tyrical's next major performance will be at Rebel Salute which will be held on the Saturday January 16th 2010 at Kaiser's Sports Club in St. Elizabeth.
Queen of Reggae Marcia Griffiths delivered a musical treat at the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series concert which was held at the Negril Escape Resort on Tuesday December 29th. The large crowd that came out in support of the vent were treated to a very exciting performance which saw her singing numerous hits from her vast catalogue such as Dream Land, I Wanna Be Closer, I Shall Sing, Am I Really Here In Your Arms, Deep In My Heart, Truly, Stepping Out Of Babylon and Love Is Automatic. Clad in a beautiful red the gracious Queen led the audience like the Pied Piper she had them singing, dancing screaming for more even after she did her encore.
The opening acts King Samuel, Invada and Edge Michael also delivered enjoyable performances. Ras Shiloh who was not officially booked for the concert did a cameo performance which was well received by the Negril audience. The Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series is growing from strength to strength and continues to be one of the highlights of the entertainment in Western Jamaica.The series not only highlights great reggae music it also highlights other aspects of Jamaican culture such as arts and craft and our local Cuisine.
Sounie Productions recording artist Ruffi-Ann promised to deliver a fiery performance at Sting 2009 and she made good on her promise. Coming on stage at some time after 1 AM clad in a sexy red and black out fit Ruffi-Ann, was in a no nonsense mood. Not even a lyrical barb from former rising stars contestant Face who performed earlier could get her upset. She came to entertain in a positive way and that she did. She had the Sting crowd giving her forward for songs such as Save The Juvenile, Ghetto Youths Unite and Lyrical War.
Ruffi-Ann is currently ready to shoot a video for her latest single Ghetto Youths Unite which is on the Fearless Productions label.
Talented new singjay Michael Paul Davis aka Don Sniper made a good impression at the recently held Sting 2009 concert, which was held on Boxing Day at Jam World in Portmore. Don Sniper who was making his second appearance on the greatest one night show on Earth delivered a short and spicy performance. His act was well received especially by the ladies who went wild when he delivered How Many which is on his popular Hice It Up Rhythm.
Don Sniper has been enjoying some amount of success in recent times with the release of his Hice It Up rhythm, which features songs from Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Nitty Kutchie, Harry Toddler and himself. He is looking for even more success in 2010 as he plans to drop his debut album and several recording projects in the upcoming year that will feature the top acts such as Vbz Kartel, Beenie Man and Lady Saw.
Jamrock Entertainment Management, the promoters of Red Stripe Bold Barcode have labeled the fourth staging of the party series as the biggest one night party held in Jamaica. Staged at the New Kingston Golf Academy on Saturday December 26, the party drew a full house, as patrons came out in their thousands.
With turntable technicians DJ Shine, ZJ Johnny Kool, ZJ Chrome and Code Red in command, the flight was an interesting musical journey.
During his stint, Johnny Kool blazed a musical furnace which went into high gear with tunes from Vybz Kartel, Mavado and some of the latest dancing tunes.
When the flames were extinguished, DJ Shine spun his musical wizardry and raised temperatures to alarming heights. Assisted by his hype man, John John, the duo held the crowd spell bound as they obeyed their instructions to party like there was no tomorrow.
The Magnum 10 Long 10 Strong Anniversary concert finale in Junction, St. Elizabeth was a blast. The event, which was staged on Saturday night, featured the likes of the Magnum girls, Shady Squad, Swatch International, DJ Nicco, Lady Saw, I-Octane and KipRich who made a stellar comeback fresh from spending months in the USA.
Antics on the show ranged from a 'fluffy patron' facing off with a slim diva; patrons being called up to replicate the new '10 Long 10 Strong' dance, which consists of mainly hand movements. Two men simply had no clue what they were doing - one man lounged unto the ground and did a quick grind, while the other did similarly odd gyrations. Another crowd favourite was an elderly man who was called to the stage by KipRich. The man who said he had drank several Magnums that night was asked by KipRich to give one of the Magnum girls a "Magnum wine". It was simply hilarious, though the man stood his ground and was able to not only wine, but lift and Magnum girl Boricia around the stage.
The musical talents of DJ Shine and DJ Karymza were in full effect at last Friday's staging of Drinkxx, the drink inclusive party which took place at the car park adjacent to Rib Cage on Constant Spring Road.
Both selectors proved why they have been in demand in recent months, as they pumped up patrons with a deliciously appetizing brew of current dancehall, hip hop, rap and dance tunes.
Prior to DJ Shine's near one-hour stint on the turntables, DJ Charm worked up a nice set, while TNG Muzik then took the party up a notch with their brand of entertainment.
By the time DJ Shine took over, it was pure musical madness as patrons did the latest dance moves including Skip to Ma luu and the over hyped 'daggering'.
Top-flight reggae artist Jah Cure delivered a tremendous performance at the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series show, which was held at the Negril Escape Resort on Tuesday Dec 15. The fifth show in the series saw a multitude of reggae music lovers coming out for the event. Taking the stage at 11 PM much to the delight of the screaming audience Jah Cure delivered what may very well be the performance of the series so far. In an hour long performance which saw him belting out hits such as Father We Need Your Blessings, Woman I love, Girl a Weh Yuh Deh From When, Run Come Love Me, Behind These Prison Wall, Longing For, You'll Never find, Call On Me, he totally mesmerized the hundreds of patrons who filled the very attractive venue. The audience simply could not get enough of Jah cure even after two encores they were still screaming for more.
The show was opened by upcoming roots reggae artist Dubkore who delivered a wonderful performance. Backed by his backing band the Pikkie Head band Dubkore delivered songs such as Little Love Story, Hail Madda Earth, Dream Girl and Pon Di Verandah. His high-energy set earned him two encores. He was followed by Savanna-la-mar based deejay Gransonn who also did well. Negril based Garnett Silk sound alike Anthony was also in good form.
By Ralston Barrett
Controversial female deejay Spice delivered a blazing hot performance at the opening of John Wayne's HQ, which took place last Saturday in Comfort, Manchester.
Dressed in a very sexy outfit she took the stage sometime after 1 AM and delivered a very spicy performance. Her sexually charged performance was laced with hits such as Nuh Fight Over Man, Right There, Hype and Ramping Shop. There was never a dull moment during her performance, which was well appreciated by the audience. Each song she performed received huge forwards and her stage antics, which included bringing a man on stage to dagger, were also well appreciated especially by the ladies in the crowd.
Upcoming acts such as Timmi Burrell, A.S.K, Ninja Princess, Sophia Squire and Mystic Soul all gave creditable performances, despite being constantly interrupted by the overzealous MC Reggae Rogers. The man simple could not help himself every time an artist was performing he could be heard speaking into his microphone. He also attempted to interrupt Spice’s performance several times as well but was warned off by the saucy deejay who told him, "a my performance mi wi wheel up mi tune dem when mi want to."
However, the event was well supported and enjoyed by all in attendance.
The community of Bull Savannah in St. Elizabeth felt the effects of DJ Shine's musical artistry recently, as the selector left no stones unturned in his quest to keep patrons entertained musically.
It was the third staging of the Con-Fusion party promoted by N-Nigma Entertainment, and the large turnout of patrons left the event with a satisfied look on their faces.
The musical high at the party was maintained by Delta Force selectors Ratty and Bones, who took patrons on a journey through some of the latest joints.
A cameo performance from dancehall artiste Laden and up and coming artiste Sniper King added to the night's proceedings.
MAGNUM CONCERT FINALE TO SWEEP ACROSS JUNCTION
It has been a phenomenal four weeks of the Magnum '10 Long 10 Strong' cross-island anniversary concert series and the finale promises to be even better.
It's hard to imagine that four weeks of perfectly-executed fun, can be topped, but Junction, St. Elizabeth will be proof that Magnum Tonic Wine had pulled out all the stops for the upcoming show.
According to Category Manager at Lascelles Wines and Spirits, Gary Dixon, "The finale isn't something that should be missed. We are continuing the trend by featuring a veteran sound and artiste on the show in addition to newer acts in the business. This not only represents our Magnum journey, but the journey of those in our entertainment industry, and what that means, is, there is something there for everyone. So it doesn't matter at what phase you started to enjoy Dancehall, or Reggae, or fashion - we guarantee that there is something there that caters to you as the patron."
Reggae super stars Chaka Demus and Pliers delivered a dynamic performance at the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series show which was held at the Negril Escape Resort on Tuesday December 8th. They had the audience singing along to every song they performed. Their hour long set consisted of hits such as Murder She Wrote, I Wanna Be Your Man, One Scotch, Bam Bam and She Don't Let Nobody. For their encore they delivered hits such as Tease Me, Twist & Shout and Sweet Memories which is Pliers first single of his latest solo album Sex & Religion. They delivered a truly world class performance that showed why after almost two decades they are still in demand worldwide.
Opening acts were Groove and Ras Slick, who both delivered creditable performances. Next weeks show will be headlined by reggae star Jah Cure.
By all accounts, the December 4th staging of The Seven Year Wish was a major success. Indeed, all the acts were dazzling - Blu Grass In The Sky, From The Deep, Jason Worton, No-Maddz, The Uprising Band and Sheldon Bernard.
Then, as if to say the production was not already very entertaining, Dutty Bookman, master of ceremonies for the night, announced that it was time to "turn up the heat" with Janine 'Jah9' Cunningham and that was exactly what happened. By the time she closed her set, the crowd was in a frenzy and she delivered an encore with "Warning." Such was the build-up to the man of the moment.
It was roughly 1:15am when headliner, Protoje stepped into view with an air of militancy. His ruggedness immediately caught some persons off guard, having imagined him as the clean-shaven singer from the "Arguments" video that hit television screens in April. Live music regulars knew very well what to expect though and Protoje did not fail to deliver the goods. After calling Keida on stage to sing "Jamaican Boy," and appeasing the ladies with songs like "Arguments" and "On The Road," he performed "Try" and had the crowd singing along enthusiastically.
By Ralston Barrett
Dancehall group Que was in fine form last Saturday night when they performed at Holy Childhood High school's annual Barbeque, which was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Center. Que touched the stage some minutes after 11 PM and performed songs such as Walk Away and a rendition of 90s R & B group Shai's If I Ever Fall In Love to huge forwards.
Que has been very busy over the last couple of months promoting their current single Walk Away, which features RP. They are currently getting ready to drop a new single titled All Night on the SLock Entertainment label, this song was produced by Jerome Felix of Flava Squad Entertainment. A video will be shot in January 2010 for All Night.
Que will be performing at Junior Reid's nightclub The View on Friday the 11 of December, the following day they will perform at the Alpha Girls High School Barbeque, which will be staged at the Holy Childhood School grounds. They will also be performing at Prendy's on the beach this Sunday.
Chaka Demus and Pliers are undisputedly the greatest dancehall duo of all times. They shot to prominence internationally in the 1990's with smash hits such as Murder She Wrote, Twist & Shout and Tease Me. Chaka Demus and Pliers were the first ever dancehall act to score five consecutive hits on the British charts. They have sold millions of records and have toured the world earning the love and respect of millions of music lovers around the globe.
Chaka Demus and Pliers will be the headliners for the fourth concert in the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series, which will be held at the Negril Escape Resort on Tuesday, December 8th 2009. Also on the lineup for this event are hometown artists Ras Slick, Groove and the Roots Warriors band. DJ Gemini will provide music.
Admission is US$20 for tickets and US$25 at the gate. Tickets are available at Negril Escape resort, the Jungle Night Club and Sue's Easy Rock Café. Gates open at 7 PM and show time is 8PM. The sponsors of the One Love Reggae winter series are The Jungle Night Club, Negril Scuba Center, Tori-Shae's Productions, VYBZ FM 96.3 FM, LYNKZ FM 96, Western Pressure Cleaners, Island Multi Media Solutions Ltd. and Wow Negril.
Revolution Entertainment recording artist Junior X recently did a ten-day promotional tour of the US. Junior X kicked off the tour with live interviews on air with DJ Roy of IRIE Jam (93.5 FM) and DJ Kevin Crown of Linkup Radio (93.5 FM) on Saturday, November 14, 2009. He followed up with other interviews which included a pit spot at WBLS 107.5 to chat with renowned radio personality Dahved Levy, Sirius/XM Radio, Crossover TV, IRIE Jam Radio (93.5FM) with Andrew D and DJ Face, WRL/Carib Zone with Prince Kalunda, CLMTV with Clem and Culture Jam Radio with Jeff and Bobby, to name a few. Junior X was also featured in Everybody's Magazine and Whereitzat Magazine as well as popular internet sites such as Images Newsletter and Tropical Fete.
On November 23, 2009, Junior X performed to a sold out crowd at JAMROCK Magazine's premiere event, "Rock the Runway." Junior X burst on stage with an unmatched energy that had the crowd singing along to his break out hit Plead My Cause, which received a "pull up" by DJ Kevin Crown. The screams of approval from partygoers fueled the singer's already high-energy performance. Junior X then followed up with The Pill, which is the first single from his upcoming debut album. With the crowd fully entranced, Junior X closed out his set with second single "Gangsta Life," also from his upcoming album.
Last weekend was quite a hectic one for rising selector and fourth place Heineken Green Synergy finisher, DJ Shine. After making his presence felt at the party called N.O.V.E.M.B.E.R, which was held at the New Kingston Golf Academy, Shine, unpacked his catalogue of old-school joints and headed to Heineken Good Times.
It was his first time playing at the popular old school party series, and based on the response of the patrons, Shine didn't disappoint.
He sifted through hits from Donna Summer, Anita Ward, to early 80's nuggets including Jimmy Cliff's Hot Shot, to mid 1990's Beres Hammond selections, which caused quite a stir among the large turnout of patrons.
Patrons, who attended the third concert in the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series at the Negril Escape on Tuesday night, were treated to a wonderful performance by veteran reggae star Freddie McGregor. As expected Mr. McGregor delivered a slew of hits including Big Ship, I Was Born A Winner, Just Don't Want To Be Loney, That Girl (Groovy Situation), Push Comes To Shove, Fever and Bobby Babylon during his which was over an hour long. He had the audience begging for more when he exited the stage, to their delight, he did oblige their request for more, and they loved every moment of it and did not hesitate to show their appreciation.
Ras Noble who delivered some very strong cultural tunes opened the show. Principal who kept things going in the same vein followed him. Both artists did well and were professionally backed by the Roots Warrior Band.
The next show in the Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series will be on Tuesday December 8. This show will be headlined by legendary international dancehall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers.
The district of Comfort, which is nestled in the cool hills of Manchester, will come alive on December 12th 2009, with the grand opening of John Wayne's HQ. There will be a special event for the opening of this new bar and grill which is owned and operated by Wayne (John Wayne) and Lorna Gordon of New York Entertainment Movement. This event will feature artists such Spice, A.S.K, Timmi Burrell, Sophia Squire, Ninja Princess and Chabe. Music will provided by DJ Smurf of IRIE FM, Magnum Sound, New York Movement Sound and Nite Life.
All community talents are invited to come and participate in this event. There will be lots of giveaways and prizes such as flat screen televisions and cellular phones, there will also be a dance contest the winner of this contest will receive a trophy and a cash prize. Admission is $300. Sponsors for this event include Negril One Stop and Pryce Construction. Part proceeds will go to the Comfort Basic School.
The following week New York Entertainment Movement will also be hosting a treat at the Comfort All Age School for the children in the Comfort community.
The Negril One Love Reggae Concert winter series kicked off on a high note two Tuesdays ago with Tarrus Riley delivering an awesome performance at the Negril Escape resort. The second show in the series was held last Tuesday night at the same venue and was headlined by topflight reggae crooner Sanchez, who delivered a thrilling performance. It was no surprise that hundreds of patron packed into the very attractive Negril Escape resort on Tuesday to see Sanchez just as they did the week before when Tarrus Riley was the main act at the same venue.
The show started promptly at 9 PM. Home town favorite Timmi Burrell was the first act of the night, he got things off to a very good start. Performing songs such as Its My Time, Journey, Children Crying, Why Did You Leave, he gave a very good account of himself. His accapela version his latest single Why Did You Leave Me hit home especially with the females in the crowd. He closed his half an hour set with new song titled She's Calling Me, but before doing so he introduced his brother and Westside Konnection Records stable mate Rexxx who made his presence felt with a number titled Badmind.
Music lovers in the second city of Montego Bay will be in for a special treat next month as Bonner Cornerstone Music will be staging a special concert on Friday December 18th, at the Zinc Shack bar and restaurant on the Montego Bay Hip strip (55 Gloucester Road). This event is dubbed 'The Bonner Brothers and Friends In Concert' (Culture In The City). The famous musical Bonner brothers Pliers, Spanner Banner, Richie Spice and their younger sibling Snatcha, will headline this concert. Also on the bill for this event are guest artists Junior X and Timmi Burrell. Backing for this event will be the All Spice Band.
Music will provided by Current from Techtris sound system. Admission for this event will be $1000 at the gate. Gates open at 8PM and show time will be 9PM.
A spokes person for Bonner Cornerstone Music says this event is the first in a series of events that will be staged to celebrate the Bonner legacy and the company is putting everything in place to make sure that it will be a very special one.
Heineken Green Synergy quarter finalist DJ Shine (the Prodigy) is set to make an impression on party fans this weekend.
Shine will utilize his turntable and musical skills to entertain patrons at the latest staging of Heineken Good Times, which unfolds this Saturday November 28 at the Mas Camp Village in New Kingston.
That same night, Shine alongside DJ Karyzma and Coppershot Disco will keep patrons on a musical high at the Solstice party, which will be held at the Palisadoes Yacht Club.
Last weekend Shine made his presence felt at the Wolmers Barbeque and Hennessey Artistry event. His upcoming dates include Drinxx, 11:59, Recession and Holy Childhood Barbeque.
The town of Negril will come alive on Tuesday the 17th of November when the first event in the One Love Reggae Concert winter series, kicks off at the Negril Escape resort on the One Love Drive (Westend Road). None other than Tarrus Riley, who is without a doubt one of the most popular reggae acts today, will headline this event. Since the release of his sophomore album Parables, he has consistently scored hit after hit and is currently enjoying much attention both locally and abroad with his highly acclaimed new album Contagious.
Riley is also known for his exciting stage performances and is expected to deliver another show stopping performance on Tuesday. The memories of his appearance during the One Love Concert summer series at the Negril Escape this past summer, are still fresh in the minds of patrons who witnessed that performance. This event will also feature Dean Frazier and Black Soil, Mystic Bowie, Monday Justice and Cash. Music will provided by DJ Gemini. Admission is US$20 for tickets and US$25 at the gate. Tickets are available at Negril Escape resort, the Jungle Night Club and Sue's Easy Rock Café. Gates open at 7 PM and show time is 8PM.
The sponsors of the One Love Reggae winter series are The Jungle Night Club, Negril Scuba Center, Tori-Shae's Productions, VYBZ FM 96.3 FM, LYNKZ FM 96, Western Pressure Cleaners, Island Multi Media Solutions Ltd. and Wow Negril.
By Olimatta Taal
Sizzla Kalonji and The Fire House Band recently embarked on a ten-week European Tour promoting album, Ghetto Youth-Ology. Already one week into the tour, Sizzla and the crew have performed excellent shows in Rotterdam, Geneva, and Groningen with over thirty more shows to go in Germany, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, and France.
Rave reviews have come in from the press in those areas amazed at how great Sizzla performed. The venues were packed to capacity representing all nationalities, genders, and religions sharing the music and love of this prolific Reggae artist. The rich sounds from The Fire House Band have the crowds excited and enjoying the music. The atmosphere is one of joy, peace, love, and unity. The messages in Sizzla Kalonji's music are uplifting, motivating, peaceful, yet urge the youth to strive and work hard for a better tomorrow.
Screams, teary eyes, and chorus like chants, greeted the lineup of musical ambassadors as they made their exit from the tour bus as it came to a halt on the compound of the Mannings High in Westmoreland recently.
It was week four of the RE School Tour, and it was the first time that the tour had travelled to the West.
With the threat of rain hugging the outskirts of the venue, the entertainers which included beat boxer Mixing Lab, dancehall's newest bad girl Stacious, gospel artistes Goddy Goddy and DJ Nicholas, Timberlee, Tifa, D Angel, I Octane, Konshens, Chino, G Whizz, Etana, Queen Ifrica and Alaine, all delivered exciting sets, spliced with the abstinence message.
2009 Heineken Green Synergy quarter finalist, DJ Shine, was in sparkling form at last Thursdays staging of the popular Integration Thursday event.
Integration Thursday 'stress-free' weekly party was created with the aim of helping to unite students from the University of the West Indies and other tertiary institutions, where they combine for an evening of fun and frolic. This prestigious student gathering rocks on a Thursday at the Student's Union, UWI Campus.
Students descended upon the venue from early evening, jamming to the musical delights of the resident sound system. But it was near pandemonium as DJ Shine unleashed his musical best, and had the students on a musical high.
With selections ranging from the latest dancehall to hip-hop, DJ Shine represented and impressed in his half hour presentation.
DJ Shine can be seen in action this Friday October 30 at the Haunting, which will be held at the Pepsi Players Club, UWI, Mona.
His upcoming dates include Heineken Good Times, Solstice, Barcode, 11:59, Xmas Cookout, Holy Childhood and Wolmers Barbeques.
The journey to Titchfield High in Portland was a long one, but as the RE School Tour bus snaked its way through the hills, the musical ambassadors had one thing on their mind. To administer the message of abstinence make sense.
Titchfield High was the first out of town location for the latest stop on the RE School Tour, and the students welcomed it with open arms.
Sponsors Coke Zero, Claro, and the National Family Planning Board smartly decorated areas within close proximity of the stage area with various branding and booths. The students visited each booth either to refresh themselves; trade in cell phones; or to equip themselves with valuable information about sexual behaviour.
Little did reggae star Richie Spice know when he departed the island last Thursday for a show in Bermuda that was billed to feature himself, Serani, Bugle and Konshens along with the Gumption Band and MC Richie B of HOT 102 FM that he would end up doing a full concert. The event was annually held Culture Shock Fest, this year's staging was dubbed 'The Next Generation' was originally scheduled to take place on Friday October 16th at the Somerset Cricket Club grounds in Somerset, Bermuda. However, the event had to be rescheduled for the next day because of the inclement weather conditions that affected the island of Bermuda on Friday.
Unfortunately, Serani, Bugle and Konshens had to leave Bermuda on Saturday as it was said that they all had other engagements to attend in Jamaica. However, Richie Spice decided to stay and do the show along with his younger brother Snatcha who wasn't originally billed for the show.
The overcast conditions didn’t put a damper on the second leg of the RE School Tour. As the tour bus approached the Clan Carty High location, students congregated hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite entertainers.
The entertainers were more than willing to sign autographs and mingle with their fans, but on an afternoon where the threat of rain hovered, the entertainers put their plan into action.
The plan worked as students hung on to their every utterance, as lyrics of positivity, abstinence and matters of the heart as well as social issues pelted like missiles.
Instrumentalist and beat boxer Mixing Lab, Prodigal Son, Timberlee, Goddy Goddy, Alaine, Tifa, G Whizz, D'Angel, I Octane, Chino, Jah Vinci, Konshens and Etana all reinforced to the students the importance of abstinence and staying in school while maintaining good grades and positive attitudes.
King of Flossing, Flippa Mafia, will on Sunday have one of the biggest performances of his career when he joins rap star and Grammy nominee Soulja Boy, along with a host of local stars on stage at the fifth staging of Barefoot Beach Party in Montego Bay.
The deejay is looking forward to the event and, as usual, is committed to entertaining his fans.
"Music Business is all about entertainment and making patrons feel like they have spent their hard-earned money well. Flippa Mafia is the Flossing King and fans can expect lots of fun and excitement," he promised.
The popular RE School Tour kicked off recently at the St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS).
This new seasons' support was evident in the scope and numbers of the hot-list of popular and up and coming artistes, all uniting for one cause. To spread the message.
The over 700 students were treated to a 2 hour concert of exceptional quality and variety…… the performers delivered some of their well-known songs and a few new ones as well. Wonderfully too was the fact that without prompting or being asked, some of the entertainers adjusted their lyrics to compliment the continuing theme of the tour - 'Abstinence Mek Sense'.
Project Manager, Kandi King said, "The new season of RETV School Tour took-off with a bang featuring more than a few new and exciting elements; we had a record amount of artiste participating, from 12 to 23 and more varied performances; The actual concert extended from one (1) to two (2) hours with new sponsors on board in the form of mobile giant Claro, Mothers Patties and National Family Planning Board joining forces with title sponsor, Coke Zero.
Heineken Green Synergy finalist DJ Shine recently made his debut at the popular retro old school party, Footloose.
During his near two hour stint DJ Shine easily impressed patrons inside the venue, with hits from the 1970's and late 1980's. Tunes from the likes of Regina, Madonna, Hues Corporation, Jimmy Cliff, Donna Summer and the Miami Sound Machine among others, kept patrons busy for an extended period.
Prior to handing over the wheels of steel to heavyweights such as ZJ Liquid and Jazzy T, Shine whipped up a frenzy with R&B delicacies which saw couples grooving to hits from Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight and Michael Jackson.
Renaissance and Expoze Entertainment have teamed up to stage a weekly series Bizarre Fridays at the Plush Nightclub in New Kingston.
Bizarre Fridays is set to get underway this Friday September 25, and according to Delano Thomas from Renaissance, 'Bizarre Fridays will provide something new, exciting and consistent to Friday night club life'.
Thomas pointed out that the hippest and newest nightclub on the block, Plush was chosen as the location for the weekly series, based on the target market and the fresh appeal that Bizarre Fridays will offer.
Photo By Riina Asamoa
Top dancehall deejay Busy Signal can officially claim Europe as his own. Busy Signal recently returned from a two week tour where he gave performances in Sweden, Germany, Norway and Italy. Busy Signal was definitely a welcomed Jamaican act, based on the you tube hits and online posts of his performances almost immediately after each show, and the shocking colour graffiti signage bearing his name on the walls surrounding various cities.
The Uppsala festival in Sweden could be considered the highpoint of his trip to Europe - after giving an hour-long performance to the large crowd, it was clear that they could not get enough of the busy one - who returned to the stage to give an additional half hour.
Busy performed hit after hit including the hugely popular "One More Night" which had the ladies swooning, and the heart pounding hit, "Up in her Belly" and of course "Da style Deh".
Singjay Mr. Vegas will be one of the headliners at urban radio station HOT97's "On Da Reggae Tip" show on Friday September 4th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York.
The singjay's monster hit song, I Am Blessed, on the Liv Up Records imprint has been bombing the airwaves into submission in the United States over the Summer alongside other big songs on the same riddim
from fellow entertainers Vybz Kartel, Mavado and Serani.
"I am going to make a statement at the HOT 97 show, my single I Am Blessed is in heavy rotation on HOT 97 and other urban stations along the east coast so my fans are looking forward to the performance, and
I am going to give them a high energy set," Mr. Vegas, who just completed a highly successful European tour, said.
A slew of top reggae/dancehall artistes have been confirmed for Philly Summer Fest, to be held on September 7 at the Wall Street Courtyard in Philadelphia, USA.
Staged by the sizzling hot deejay, the King of Flossing, Flippa Mafia, in association with Flip Money Records, Summer Fest is the show to close the summer in fine, floss-as-you-never-flossed-before style.
"It's all about Summer Fest. We have the place locked and it will be pure fun and flossing," Flippa Mafia promised.
He added with a smile, "Don't watch the song-for-song thing with me and Ele. It's all about music and musical vibes. Elephant Man is scheduled to perform on Summer Fest and nothing has changed.”
Among the artistes on the lineup are Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Assassin, Tony Matterhorn, Ding Dong and Flippa himself.
Following his awesome performances at Reggae Sumfest and A St Mary Mi Come From, Flossing King Flippa Mafia made it three in a row as he rocked the massives at Champions In Action early Sunday morning and left them wanting more.
It was a performance worthy of a King as Flippa demonstrated why he is considered dancehall royalty. In a no-nonsense mood, the jovial entertainer swaggered on stage and got down to the real business of entertaining his ever-growing throng of fans. He was there to give - musically and otherwise - and they were more than eager to receive.
Known for his on-stage antics which earned him the moniker King of Flossing, Flippa went through his repertoire of dancehall hits, including his number one song, Unfinished House. "Mi vehicle cyan dearer than mi house, nor mi rims cyan dearer than mi couch," he deejayed the first line of the song and his fans totally took over.
By Pen2paper Creative Concepts
Negril was totally transformed into the party capital of the world, over the past weekend(August 5-9, 2009). The eastern city saw droves of party enthusiasts, either supporting their ATI or Dream Weekend events, utilising almost a seven-mile strip, at will to soak sun, sand, sea, liquor and music... The veteran weekend pulled out large numbers of partygoers, which saw patrons entering venues as early as 2pm and leaving as late as 5AM. Even though the weekend had Seven Top Events, our team only made it to five, two of which we had received what is known as the "The Experience".
After battling hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic back and forth, it was worth the frustration as Colours and Stages delivered. These two parties can definitely be dubbed as the weekend's best. Colours - with its difference in musical styling, and authentic beach feel, as well as Stages, an event which surpassed all levels of expectation, in terms of decor, physical settings, and numerous VIPs, upper level DJ VIP Area, Bar on the water, internal club with its own DJ, tremendous dance spaces and numerous bars and booths - not to mention one of the best DJ line ups for the weekend.
Which brings us to "The Experience"- what was it? (Dj Karyzma & Kruddy)... they blew all the patrons and us over the ATI weekend into another dimension. They absolutely took the weekend and their respective events by storm while juggling alongside much respected DJ's such as Kurt Riley, Renaissance, Tony Matterhorn and Black Chiney to name a few.
It was last Thursday morning August 6th 2009 when the King of Flossing, Flippa Mafia hit the stage at St Mary Mi Come From to perform for a crowd that was eager for him.
Flippa was called on stage by fast-rising deejay, Assassin, who had the crowd hyped up with a great performance. He announced Flippa, and St Mary erupted when the slim built, always smiling entertainer ran on stage. Flippa took the musical baton from Assassin and surged forward with a performance that really announced his arrival. It wasn't about the champagne-popping, because there was none and it was only after he received his well deserved forwards that he sprinkled a few $500 bills into the crowd.
But, honestly, his performance was all about his songs and his ability to engage his fans. With the ever popular Unfinished House now sitting comfortably at the number one spot on Richie B's prestigious Jamaica Countdown Chart, it was easy to see why the single is in this coveted position. As the band struck up the riddim, the massives at Gray's Inn shouted their approval with screams, lighters, by blowing horns, dancing and singing the words of the song.
Montego Bay is still buzzing from the incredible performance that the I Am Blessed artiste delivered at the UDC Old Hospital site on Independence Day August 6th 2009.
Mr. Vegas hit the stage at about 12:30 a.m. with his backing band, Thugz, and got an immediate ovation from the crowd with his number one hit, Taxi Fare. He then segued into the unapologetic Sucky Ducky, and another cheer went up from the crowd. He paused to speak to the audience a bit before doing Hands Up and the venue literally rocked as did Nike Air and Heads High back to back, the crowd cheering him on he turned up the tempo.
After revving up the audience to a high, Mr. Vegas changed pace and showed his versatility with the one-drop hit, Do You Know, which had lighters flickering quietly as he mesmerized them with his ice cube clear vocals.
Mr. Vegas then pumped up the adrenaline level in the venue with his dance segment, featuring some of the biggest dances to have emerged in dancehall in the past three years. Joined by his two female dancers, he immediately went into Tek Weh Yuself, and then Raging Bull. He then dropped his loner's anthem, Mi Nuh Waan No Friend From Dem with the crowd cheering his every move, before he closed strongly with his monster number one hit, I Am Blessed.
New reggae/dancehall artist Khago is rapidly emerging as the find of 2009 where new artists are concerned. The talented young man who is now under the guidance of artist manager extraordinaire Paul "Bankylus" Giscombe is no stranger to the local music scene. In 2006 he placed third in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's annual Popular Song Contest with his entry Only If You Know for which he also won best video prize in the competition. The following year saw his re-entry in the competition with a song titled Been There which won him the second place prize. This song received favorable rotation on radio stations island-wide, its accompanying music video also received a lot of attention. His performance on the JCDC road shows that year earned him a lot of admiration from the public.
Khago's next move was to take his career to the next level; therefore he focused on making the necessary steps to become a professional recording artist. Since then he has recorded songs for producers such as Sly & Robbie, Kemar "Flava" Mcgregor, Ewan Mcrae of Flava Squad Entertainment and radio DJs Marlon Young & ZJ Sparks.
Things did not work in favour of international recording artiste DåVille, as he would have wanted to, but he still went on to give an excellent performance at Reggae Sumfest International II on Saturday, July 25, despite a minor furor on stage.
The singer, known for several popular songs including his most recent chart topping hit single 'Missing You Right Now' and the promising 'Never Gonna Cry' single, performed for 20 minutes, but was not pleased as he didn't get the chance to give fans the additional treat he promised.
Apologising for losing his cool, DáVille said he had planned a special performance paying tribute to two special persons - the 'king of pop' Michael Jackson and his former road manager Robert Bogle (who died last year from sickle cell), but when he saw that the props he had invested in was not to be, he said he felt ‘dissed’ as no one told him that his elaborate presentation would not have been possible.
It was DáVille's second time performing at the annual Reggae Sumfest. The first was in 2007 when he delivered well among the impressive lineup.
Smartly attired in Gucci and making a bold fashion statement, the King of Flossing, Flippa Mafia, made the Reggae Sumfest stage his own on Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 23.
It was in front of a capacity crowd at the Catherine Hall venue in Montego Bay that Flippa got his Sumfest baptism and came up a better man, more in demand for stage shows, both locally and overseas after proving that he can hold his own with the best of the best.
The flossing champ, who had earlier stated that he wasn’t sure whether or not he would actually do his champagne-popping, money-throwing routine, actually was able to balance his act nicely and give fans a total flossing and musical experience.
Coming from successful overseas gigs, Mr Dem Yah & Dem Yah delivered his set with ease and expertise. Those who didn’t know his songs listened attentively and rocked as the no-nonsense deejay wasted no time in reeling off songs from his ever-growing repertoire, including Bout Dem A Floss and Look Alike.
It appears as though there is nothing stopping the 'Fyah Muma', Queen Ifrica now, as she continues to blaze a fiery trail with her captivating and peppery performances, the latest being Reggae Sumfest's International Night 1, staged on Friday, July 24, in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
Reports in a local newspaper described Queen Ifrica's performance as 'one that stunned thousands of patrons with one of the better performances the night produced' as she 'served her audience a course of musical satisfaction for a good half-an-hour.'
On a night when Queen Ifrica shared the stage with many local talents, and top international acts like R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, Keri Hilson and Ne-yo, she still managed to give an outstanding performance, as she had the audience fully engaged with some of her hottest singles, among them, Brown Skin, Welcome to Montego Bay (the place of her birth), I Am Ready To Go and Daddy. Ifrica also did a tribute for the late 'King of Pop', Michael Jackson, when she did an excellent cover of Man in the Mirror.
Mr. Vegas closed the Dour Festival show in Belgium with a high-energy, rain-soaked performance that captivated the large crowd which had flocked to the site for the final day of the annual four-day music
Barefoot and soaked as the skies opened and a deluge descended on the festival site, Mr. Vegas had the festival-goers jumping, raving and cheering for well over an hour. Once he took off his shoes and socks, and waded into the crowd to show the fans how to do the Raging Bull, he had the audience mesmerized by his onstage antics.
With the competent backing of his band, Mr. Vegas wowed the audience with a slew of hits such as Hot Wuk, Tek Weh Yuself and Nike Air. And he got one of the biggest forwards of the night with his 1998 Billboard chart hit, Heads High. The crowd also roared its approval or the gospel-tinged I Am Blessed before Mr. Vegas exited to cheers and screams from the well satisfied audience.
The festival featured megawattage reggae names such as Israel Vibration, Anthony B, and Buju Banton, but over 34,000 stood and waited for Mr. Vegas to bring a fitting climax to a festival that had thrilled and captivated huge crowds for over four days. It is clear that Mr. Vegas' fan base is bigger than what most reggae writers, journalists and industry insiders give him credit for. And his ability to rock a show in pouring rain merely underlines his strength as a performer on the European continent.
By D. Quinn
After starting an 11 week world tour in late June, I sat down with Cherine Anderson and her manager Patrick Lindsay for a few words. Anderson wrapped her final show in the European leg at the Rock-Zottegem Festival in Zottegem, Belgium, sharing stages along the way with artists like The Pretenders, Tracy Chapman, Bunny Wailer, Lenny Kravitz, Moby, and Katy Perry, among others.
"We have orchestrated a deliberate strategy I call muziklink," says Lindsay, who also manages Sly & Robbie, "where we seize every opportunity to expand Cherine's audience base playing to reggae, hip-hop, alternative and rock audiences. We have been able to accomplish that by our collaboration with Michael Franti & Spearhead and his management." Lindsay is very focused on the growth of Cherine's career and has been a visionary in the fusion of her music and audiences with that of other music genres. The singer is undoubtedly a major highlight and critics and entertainment journalists worldwide are now taking notice.
Anderson started her European run playing to very receptive audiences. Audiences were treated to hits like "Kingston State of Mind", "Coming Over Tonight" and "Good Love" from her current EP The Introduction-Dubstyle, as well as brand new songs like "How Many More" and "Ring Di Alarm". Both of these new songs were greatly enjoyed by the crowds.
Dancehall's Firefly Tifa Brown recently did the show "Rock With Squeeze" in New York City. She gave an electrifying performance, holding the crowd for half an hour, in true TIFA form. People were really impressed. David Squeeze, the promoter for the event, said that "I was highly impressed, that an artiste so young in the game could electrify and captivate an audience this way". DJ Max Glazer spun for her. She sang all her hits plus more, and ended with a tear-jerking rendition of "God Blessed." Dancehall Diva Macka Diamond also performed. Other celebs were in the building and also Industry executives, including Michael Rose. It was known that T-I-F-A rocked Sob's Café and converted the audience into major fans by the end of the night.
After her return to Jamaica, Tifa performed at both Queens High and Meadowbrook High Barbeque, where she delivered songs "Crawny Gal," "Bottom of the Barrel" excellently, but it was the single "Spell It Out" that had the students singing every word, every line of the song. The catchy single is said to be Tifa's biggest single yet.
Tifa's mega hit single "Spell It Out" is currently positioned on the Jamaica Music Countdown at number 11, its number 11 on OutAroad.com Top 20 Hot Singles Chart, 19 on the RE TV countdown, and it just entered the E-strip and Hitlist at number 5.
Mr. Vegas kicked off his I Am Blessed European tour on July 13th with a rousing
performance on a show dubbed Summer Reggae Fest at Fort de Saint Pere in France.
Vegas, who had performed in France earlier this year, arrived at the
venue at about 1 a.m. and hit the stage about 10 minutes later.
Working on tracks, Mr. Vegas showed why he is one of the most in-demand artistes on the European show circuit each year with a high-energy set that had the audience in a flag-waving frenzy.
He worked for an hour, doing a set peppered with dancehall hits Tek Weh Yuself, Raging Bull and Hot Wuk. The Raging Bull song in particular appeared to energize the audience and as he performed it, the energy level of the audience spiked as if an electric current was running through it. Vegas added old-time dancehall favourites such as Heads High, which is a guaranteed forward in some areas of Europe, and Nike Air which got a loud roar from the audience. He closed his well-received set with his most recent chart-topper, I Am Blessed, and then exited the stage to a rousing round of applause to make way for Buju Banton and his Til Shiloh band.
Let us forget 'Zagga' and all that he professes to have done in terms of flossing. Right now, as it stands, if you look up the term flossing in Google, chances are you will find a picture or some information related to the Flossing King, Flippa Mafia.
So, it was not surprising that the flossing champ took things to another level when he headlined Flossing Pon De Gaza on July 4th in Club Intrigue, Atlanta.
Actually, Atlanta is one of the States to which Flippa has the keys and he locked the city with a performance that was a great prelude to his impending Reggae Sumfest performance scheduled for Thursday, July 23 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Flippa, eager to please his fans, kick started his show with the hugely popular Bout Dem A Floss and went through his repertoire with ease and expertise. At approximately 4:30 am, he brought his set to a close with Look A Like, which also brought the curtain down on the show.
Also on the bill were artistes Black Ryno and Shawn Storm.
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For one reason or another 2009 as been the year when most artistes and producers alike seek to make a name for themselves but, a lasting impression through extensive work and promotions. As the surge of new talents has been amazing, this year and we are only midyear. Flava Squad Entertainment is no different, the name is relatively new here in Jamaica, however they have been around for quite a long time. Not only have the Flava Squad Team dabbled and garnered expertise in music production but events management and promotions as well.
Flava Squad Entertainment has under their belt nine (9) years of production experience, however they recently relocated to Jamaica in February, to 50 Dumbarton Ave. Kingston 10, formally Natural Bridge Records, the move home, as seemingly proving to be a positive one, as a normal day, isn't quite so normal. A bevy of new and veteran artistes can be found either working assiduously in the studios, waiting in the lobby for their studio sessions or hanging out in the studio yard, vying or writing lyrics. The move home has proven to be a more effective means of getting the projects completed and recognised. Just last week, Flava Squad Entertainment & Production Studios unleashed their latest riddim "ADDICTION", a one-drop soft tuned melodic rhythm featuring thirteen tracks.
The contest to make an appearance in Mr. Vegas' Sassa Step video is heating up with almost 2,000 votes tallied between five finalists culled from hundreds of videos submitted by dancehall aficionados all across the globe.
At this point, the competition is being led by an ultra-creative video by Ruby Red out of Taiwan leads with 638 votes while Skatty Natty from London is a close second with 564 votes. Ruby Red's video flirts with disqualification because it is four minutes long, a time span she uses creatively doing the Sassa Step in the airport, on bikes, in a gym, and she even does an acrobatic upside down version in front of what looks like a monument in Taiwan. Ruby Red also gets literal in the video by doing the move on a set of steps, and then pushes the envelope further by doing it on a pedestrian crossing. Skatty Natty from London appears to the best technically sound Sassa Stepper showing off her dainty moves for the camera in her backyard, but perhaps loses creativity points because she is limited to a narrow area with an old bicycle in the background. Nevertheless her addition of some old Bogle moves to her Sassa Step moves boost her chances of winning.
With two performances in the United States recently, Mr. Vegas showed his appeal in two key and vastly different age and income groups, one is the coveted demographic of Hispanic under 17 teenyboppers and the other is that of the loyal over 30 Jamaican reggae-dancehall lovers. The performances came back-to-back in New York and showed the incredible currency and continued appeal of Mr. Vegas after 10 years in the business.
Performing on Tuesday night, June 30 at the East Manor club in Queens, Vegas gave a dizzying performance in front of a screaming crowd of 1,500 Hispanic teenagers, many of them not more than 16 years old. With songs such as the Billboard chart-burner Heads High, Pull Up, Hot Wuk and Hot Gal No Fight Over Man he had the teenagers in a literal frenzy throughout most of the performance, each song provoking a crescendo of screams. Security guards had to prevent some over-enthusiastic girls from jumping onstage to do a booty dance-off during the Hot Wuk segment.
Some even tried to shed their clothing and had to be restrained from
doing so and escorted out of the club by security personnel. Mr. Vegas has always had an incredible appeal with the Hispanic psychographic, and has appeared on several Reggaeton mixtapes, especially after his Pull Up song inspired Pitbull to score a major US chart hit with Culo which has a similar melody.
Long-established stage show Champions in Action returns to Jam World Saturday August 15 with, as always, a line-up that fits the show's name. Subtitled "Bigger and Better this Year," Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Capleton, Anthony B, Elephant Man, John Holt, Etana, Assassin, Spice and I Wayne are the confirmed acts, with more icons of Jamaican music about to be added.
"We will be having just the right amount of artists this year," said a Presidential Click spokesperson. "We will be giving patrons exactly what they want, with each artist having enough time to give their fans what they want."
Known for staging shows with memorable performances and incident free events, promoters Presidential Click, will as usual be giving part proceeds to their annual back-to-school treat for inner city children across political boundaries of West Kingston.
Its the first stage show of this magnitude in the Corporate Area since Sting and one patrons are eager for.
Trinidadian fans are still talking about the marquis performance that Mr. Vegas delivered at the Sting nightclub last week Saturday. Mr. Vegas took his set old school with a couple of Bob Marley and Dennis Brown songs before cranking up the energy with his early hits such as Nike Air, then finally going full throttle with Raging Bull, Tek Weh Yuself and Hot Wuk as he had the 700 strong audience partying up a storm.
Dancer Mystic showed up mid-performance to show the Trinis how to do the latest Jamaican dance move, the Sassa Step, but the Trinidadian males made woeful attempts at learning the dance, and provided comic relief for the audience. Mr. Vegas closed his entertaining set strongly with his runaway hit, I Am Blessed, marking a successful night for the Jamaica and Barbadian-based promotions company, Big Links Promotions. Earlier, Rastafarian firebrand Lutan Fyah had opened the show with a blazing set full of hits such as Save The Juveniles and St. Jago De La Vega.
New York Entertainment Movement recording artists A.S.K did themselves proud at the recently held Cycle Fest, which was held at The National Heroes Circle on Sunday June 22nd. Introduced on stage by Ity & Fancy Kat the group which is comprised of the sultry sounding female vocalist Ashari and high energy deejays Kusi & Sample Heights stepped on stage and delivered a short but spicy performance. Which featured their hit song They Should Know and To Live & Strive In JA. The delivery of both songs was met by huge forwards from the audience.
The group is currently enjoying good rotation on radio stations both locally and abroad with their latest single To Live & Strive In Ja. The accompanying music video for this song is also doing very well, its currently racing up several local video charts. It is currently number two on RETV's MVP charts, number 3 on TVJ's Fi Wi Choice charts and number six on Suzie Q's Video Ally Top Ten charts. A.S.K is getting ready to begin work on their debut album for New York Entertainment Movement Records.
Mr. Vegas will be leaving the island on Thursday to head to Trinidad to perform at the Sting Nightclub on June 20, 2009 in the town of San Fernando where throngs of people are expected to turn out to hear the dancehall singer deliver his talismanic hit, I Am Blessed.
Mr. Vegas still holds the pole position on the HYPE TV and the Digicel Caribbean Top 30 charts with I Am Blessed. The video for the single is also in heavy rotation on Synergy TV, one of the largest cable video stations in the island, and the video recently hit the #1 spot on Synergy TV's video chart as well. Mr. Vegas will be accompanied by his dancer, Mystic, who will be making her first appearance in Trinidad.
Chart topping international reggae singer, DáVille, took time out to send an inspirational message of encouragement and hope to the youths of Jamaica, when he performed at 'Unified Unplugged' recently at the Denim Lounge in Brooklyn, New York.
An impassioned DáVille said, "The children must be a focus for us as they are our future."
He recalled his days as a youth and some of the obstacles he had to overcome to achieve success.
DáVille and Fashozy Records have made a commitment that as part of their philanthropic focus, they will donate time and resources to help uplift the youths.
Backed by the New Kingston band, who were opening acts of the night, DáVille treated his New York fans to an energetic entertaining performance as he dished out his current chart-topping songs, 'Missing You Right Now' and 'Never Gonna Cry'. Fans were also taken down memory lane with some of their favourite hit songs such as 'On My Mind', 'In Heaven', 'I'm In Love With You', 'My Grade' and 'Fling It Up', among others.
When the smoke cleared in the Giants stadium Sunday night, Dancehall had taken another huge step into the mainstream courtesy of Mavado, Serani and Elephant Man, all of whom represented different aspects of Dancehall music very well to around 50,000 patrons.
All 3 acts did very well on the main stage, Serani's greatly-improved stage presence shone, with his crossover hit No Games proving to be the monster it is. Mavado, representing the hardcore side of Dancehall, stalked the stage commandingly, and was given a great response to hits such as "Whe Dem a Do?" "On the Rock" and "So Special." Elephant Man lived up to his Energy God moniker and had the whole stadium signaling the plane!
"We got huge exposure from this show," said Mavado after his performance. "The on-air promotion HOT 97 gave us in the run-up to the show was priceless, as well as being able to sing in front of so many people on the same bill as Mary J Blige, Jay Z and so many others. Its the first time I've performed in front of such a huge crowd and I was very pleased at the response."
The 'fyah muma', Queen Ifrica, recently returned from a blazing hot performance at the BVI Music festival, held at the Cane Garden Bay Beach in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, last week.
There, the female sing-jay delivered a healthy dose of her popular songs, as she performed favourites from her upcoming 'Montego Bay' album, like Coconut Shell, Lioness On The Rise, Daddy (original version) and Daddy (in Spanish), which earned her the biggest forward for the night.
Queen Ifrica, who had entered the stage at 11pm, paused during her fiery set and asked the audience if she could sing in Spanish, the response, a resounding "yes"! She started the first verse and it was pulled up at least five times, as screams went on for at least a minute.
Keep It To Yourself was her final tune and the audience sang as Queen Ifrica left the stage. Despite their cry for more, the time just didn't permit.
The female artistes all gave stunning performances at the IRAWMA awards held in New York City (Sunday 3rd May 2009).
Barbee was at her best and gave a fantastic performance, but what seems to be the focal point of the night was her well designed outfit. Barbee's outfit was however the most daring of them all. It was teasing, flirty and playful, throwing caution to the wind. Taurus Riley was heard to comment that she always brings flavor to the Red Carpet with her beauty and elegance. A "special gem" was how Bobby Clarke of Irie Jamboree described her, vowing that he definitely had to have her on his show this year.
To her credit, she did not leave the show immediately as her fans were waiting patiently to be greeted and more so to get a singed autograph from the Diva of Fashion. Afterwards several reporters from various media houses such as the New York Times, representatives from a few Caribbean presses to name a few bombarded her. New York certainly loved Barbee.
Reggae balladeer and chart topping artiste Da'Ville 'rocked' SOB's in New York last Monday evening, giving fans a performance that won't be forgotten. Hosted by David 'Squeeze' Annakie, this intimate Reggae affair with Da'Ville filled the venue to capacity. One lucky lady was drawn on stage where she received a dance with Da'Ville, giving her a night for her memory books!
"The vibes at 'Rock With Squeeze' were really nice! The performance was a reflection of what I was feeling from the fans!" said Da'Ville. After the performance, fans were greeted by Da'Ville who posed for pictures, answered questions, and signed autographs. One fan was quoted as saying "This has been the best Monday of my Life!"
NEW YORK, NY (RHONA FOX, INC.) - International soca star Destra Garcia successfully launched her latest studio effort, HOTT, in Manhattan last Saturday, April 25, 2009. A sold-out crowd packed SOB's, as New York City's premier nightlife promotions team - Upscale Crowd Entertainment and Caribbean Fuse - presented the launch of her sixth album to longtime and new fans.
The versatile vocalist, songwriter and performer did not disappoint the packed Manhattan venue. Without her Atlantik band and joined by only two of her dancers, Destra drove the crowd into a bacchanal frenzy. With rags, flags and shirts waving in the air, she thrilled them with her soca staples like "Carnival" and "Bonnie & Clyde," and new hits from the album, including the title track "Hott," and "Bacchanal."
HOTT is a brilliant introduction to who Destra is, for those who are unfamiliar with her, and is a must-have addition to the 'Destra' collection for
fans and soca-lovers everywhere. "I think this album shows growth as a performing artist - a combination of my musical styles and versatility - past, present and future," discloses soca's ultimate female ambassador. Boasting 10 sizzling tracks, HOTT is poised to take soca fans by storm as Destra brings this indigenous sound of the southern Caribbean to music aficionados around the world.
Kingston, Jamaica (Pen2Paper Creative Concept) - Reggae on the Hill, took place at Farley Hill National Park, no doubt one of the largest Reggae festivals in Barbados and even the entire Caribbean Region. Dancehall and Reggae's newest rising star - Konshens got a chance to wet his feet, by being booked for the largest day of the three day festival, alongside veteran acts such as Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Morgan Heritage and Queen Ifrica to name a few. According to the singjay the show was a great success for everyone, it began and ended as scheduled, was incident free, completely sold out with crowds amounting to more than 30,000 people and more importantly, all the artistes who were booked showed up and gave good performances.
Konshens was highly anticipated as a result of his growing fan base formed by the success of not only his hit track "Winner" but that of the surprising love of the track "Fair-weather Friends" shown by the Bajan people, the song demands huge respect in Barbados and is virtually unknown in Jamaica. The start of his set saw the fiery "Rasta Imposter" single which also quickly made the entire hill into a resounding choir. He looks back at the experience with much joy, as all his tracks were gobbled up by the receptive Bajan crowd with special connections in tracks like "Don't Waste The Talent" and a special treat for the ladies, when he went into the crowd to handpick a Bajan empress with the track "Looking For Me".
IPC Entertainment does it again and again bringing quality music productions mixed with top fashions from the hottest clothing store in Jamaica JORDU, 7th Ave Plaza, shop #15 Kingston
Warrior Love, Jah Jah blessing, Wrong Address are some of the selected hits Etana popped off at JORDU Live, Live Entertainment Live Interaction production by IPC Entertainment.
The full acoustics sound production coordinated by IPC Entertainment was solid giving fans the vibe of an Etana show usually staged at larger venues.
Congos beating like heartbeats surrounded inside the venue JORDU Fashions, the sweet melodies of Etana's backup vocals made the vibe natural and Etana's strength was felt by her dedicated fans from JORDU Live, Live Entertainment Live Interaction.
JORDU Live, takes it further with the hot steamy fashion show produced by the store owner Yhordanka, giving the fans and Jamaica more reason to keep the shopping popping at JORDU, 7th Ave plaza, shop # 15.
MIAMI, FLORIDA - The show that promises to be the 'best of the best' is indeed that. The 2009 line-up for its third undertaking on Sunday, May 24th at Bicentennial Park in Miami sees nothing but stars!
Billed as the "Best Caribbean Show in North America," Best of the Best has grown into an international music festival, which music lovers journey from around the world to savor each year. Presented by Miami's premier promotions company, JBJ Entertainment, this year's roster showcases artists that are at the top of their game, in their respective genres, in Caribbean and urban music.
Dancehall star Mavado is enjoying amazing crossover success with his current album sitting pretty at #76 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-hop albums; it's the only Caribbean album on a Billboard mainstream chart. "Last year I didn't get to make it to the show," says Mavado. "So this year, Best of the Best is going to get the very best of Mavado."
Also enjoying tremendous mainstream airplay is Serani, whose single "No Games" comes in at #67 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-hop chart this week. "With all the positive things happening in my career recently, Best of the Best is dropping at the right time," reveals Serani. "I'm 100% ready to celebrate with all my fans cause it's going to be one big party!"
Last night will forever be a night to remember as top dancehall group TOK switched things up a little, much to the delight of their fans.
Craigy T, Flexx, Bay-C and Alex made an encore appearance at the famed BB King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan, where throngs of people showed up, filling the venue to maximum capacity, for what turned out to be one of the most memorable nights in New York City.
The event was none other than the R&B Showcase for radio heavyweights Power 105 FM, who invited the Jamaican act to hit the stage alongside the likes of Bad Boy's Day 26, Ginuwine, Pleasure P (of Pretty Ricky fame) and newcomer Young Steff.
Super-group TOK is back in the US, following a series of successful, sold-out shows in Canada. All venues were full to capacity, with eager fans requesting that they return up north to do encore performances.
While in Canada Craigy T, Bay C, Flexx and Alex were invited to do a photoshoot with famed photographer Doro Saiz.
Now back in New York, the group will be busy with a series of meetings with VP Records to finalise details on the release of their new album.
Aptly titled "Our World", the album is scheduled for release in Japan on June 16, 2009. The Western Hemisphere on the other hand, can expect to get the opportunity to witness "Our World" by late summer.
For more information, check out T.O.K's new and improved Myspace page for new music and tour dates! myspace.com/tokmusic
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MIAMI, FLORIDA - The Best of the Best International Music Festival is back and this year, its promise of being "the best of the best" delivers yet again. The premier concert event in North America returns on Sunday, May 24, much to the delight of fans, many of whom make Miami their destination on Memorial Day weekend each year, to savor the best in Caribbean entertainment, and in mainstream urban entertainment as well.
Presented by Miami-based music and lifestyle promotions outfit, JBJ Entertainment, Best of the Best sets the stage every year as the ultimate showcase of the best acts in Caribbean music. With a solid Caribbean foundation spanning dancehall, reggae, lover's rock and soca, the festival also thrills fans with the top artists in hip-hop, rap and R&B. Past years have included the likes of Akon, Busta Rhymes and Wyclef Jean.
This year proves to be no different as the show is hosted by one of the biggest names in music today, T-Pain. The star-studded lineup also includes Rick Ross, Jeezy, DJ Khaled, Beenie Man, Mavado, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Serani, Wayne Wonder, Capleton, Destra, Tony Matterhorn, Spice, Kip Rich, Flippa Mafia, Christopher Martin, Cocoa Tea, Ras Penco, Ce'Cile and The Stones.
In its fifth installment, co-promoters Budafuco and Jabba invite music aficionados from around the country and beyond to journey to Miami for this consummate Memorial Day celebration. "We've made every effort to bring together the best acts in music right now, for one day, on one stage. The diversity of this festival in music, culture and cuisine is unrivaled, so everyone is in for an amazing time."
New York based dancehall artist Sugar Bear and The Big Bad Mighty Young Hawk from New York have recently returned home fresh from two incredible and memorable performances in Okinawa, Japan. The talented Dj 'tore down the house' at two separate venues to the delight of sold out crowds consisting of his growing Japanese fan base and U.S. soldiers of Caribbean origins(from a nearby U.S. military installation).
Sugar Bear's songs 'Roll It Up', 'Powers', 'Hot Girls', 'Ride Ei Good' and 'Jamaica Mi Born' that led him into an 'on the spot' freestyle - 'Japan Mi Born' which had the crowd in a mad frenzy. His overall performance went very well among the culturally diverse crowd, further showcasing his ability to reach the masses with his music.
Sugar Bear was humbled by the warm response he received in Japan and negotiations are already being undertaken by Jamone Entertainment to have him return to Okinawa along with Young Hawk and also the possibility of exploring new venues in Fukuoka.
Music, fashion and more. JORDU LIVE takes it to another level with Reggae Rockstar Tessanne Chin packing the house with her hits and fans. Tessanne Chin is the "real ting" says Princess Ellis from IPC Entertainment. The exclusive event hosted at the prestigious clothing store JORDU, 7th Ave Plaza Shop #15 Kingston Jamaica has consistently delivered the vibe Jamaica has been looking for. Tessanne Chin, the soulful reggae rock star, was totally awesome, like every rockstar should be. Her passion for music had the fans of JORDU Live wanting more, singing her hit "Broken Melody" verse after verse. JORDU LIVE was hot with entertainment from recording artists Kady Blu, Ricardo Suave, Sidra and Black DICE just before the reggae rock star Tessanne Chin took over the stage. Only at JORDU Live will you experience live Entertainment and live Interaction.
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The credibility of the RETV School Tour was enforced on Tuesday March 24, when the cadre of acts who are supporting the theme of Abstinence…..Mek Sense, delivered gigantic performances and rocked The Queens High School like a tremor that crept out of no where.
When the Tour bus drove onto the school compound, it was evident that this wasn’t going to be a normal afternoon.
After being entertained by their fellow students and treated to games and giveaways courtesy of RETV VJ Supa Hype and the Vibes Master Jerry D, the students at Queens High School were in for a rude awakening.
A heavy duty cast supported by Ce'Cile, Alaine, Terro 3000, Prodigal Son, Goddy Goddy, Tifa, Timberlee, Natalie Storm, Chino, Laden, Etana, D'Angel, Konshens, and surprise guest artiste Rising Stars 2008 winner Cameal Davis, provided the backdrop for what was without a doubt, one of the best showings of the RETV School Tour so far.
Its been a while since Dancehall has had a real chance at crossover success. Thanks to Alliance gunners Mavado and Serani, Dancehall is at the forefront of US popular culture once more. For the first time ever two Dancehall videos made New joint of the Day in the same month on BET's 106 & Park, with the recent airing of Mavado's So Special and Serani's No Games. With appearances on Billboard and many high profiles, TV shows, magazines and concerts, manager of both artists Julian Jones-Griffith is very pleased with the way things are developing.
"We are working around the clock to take this to that coveted next level," said Jones-Griffith. "Space is very limited on radio playlists and charts etc for Dancehall so to have two artists with that crossover potential at the same time is very positive but very challenging. Because of that limited space, the general feeling in the US music industry is that Serani and Mavado are somehow competing against each other. We are trying to change that conception so that in the future Dancehall has more room to breathe. Both have their own lanes and so far, we've been successful in ensuring both acts continue to rise. With sales in the industry at an all-time low and with many of the top radio stations in dire financial trouble in the US it’s a new battle field so we have to adjust the game-plan constantly. Dancehall is still not accepted by mainstream radio on the whole, by advertisers and music consumers, but we are trying to make having a Dancehall act on the radio everyday or on Billboard or on TV shows like BET's Rip the Runway or a Metro PCS Tour an automatic choice, just like it is to have a rapper or an R'n'B star. We want to spread this to endorsements, movies, and the whole nine. It might sound a long way off but they said that about Hip Hop once too."
By Patrice Henry
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer
Saturday, March 21, 2009 was a night of Fun, Fun & more Fun. An unforgettable night for all those who were present in the VIP Section of Oxygen, QUAD nightclub.
Saturday, March 21, 2009 was the birth night celebration of OutAroad’s CEO, Carlington Wilmot who celebrated his birthday on Sunday March 22nd. Hot girls, Handsome Hunks & Celebrities all came out to celebrate with & show love to one of Jamaica’s Young, Black & Successful entrepreneurs.
The night started off a bit slowly but that was surely no indication of the unmatched vibe and energy usually exuded by the DJ’s of the QUAD nightclub. In no time, the liquor started coming in & so did the guests.
Among them were Singer Bridgez, DeMarco, Konshens, Delus, Chris Martin, Tifa, Timber Lee, Mr. Lexx, Fahrenheit, ZJ Elektra, G Whizz, Alibra, Suku (Ward 21) and Pen2Paper Girls.
Fast rising Dancehall sensation Latifa Brown, more popularly know as TIFA, has left quite an impression on dancehall enthusiasts in Canada.
After recently performing at Statement, a charity event recently held in Toronto, Canada, with part proceeds in aid of the Bustamante Children’s Hospital, Tifa was requested to do several interviews for local radio stations including, CHRY 105.5 fm, as well as, interviews for Lyric DVD Magazine, L3 Magazine, Elite Magazine and, LoveTheVibes.
The fifth season of the RETV School Tour kicked off on Tuesday March 17 at the Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park, St. Andrew (Jamaica). Under the theme "’Abstinence Makes Sense", Part one of the tour will invade five other schools across the island over the next few weeks bringing the message of abstinence to students and young adults alike.
Musical ambassadors who will be assisting with the spreading of the theme for this season of the Tour include Etana, (who was special surprise guest last Tuesday) D'Angel, Terro 3000, Alaine, Konshens, Timberlee, Tifa, Natalie Storm, Chino, Prodigal Son, Laden, Goddy Goddy and dancer Mystic.
Thursday March 12th, 2009 was a Blessed day as Dancehall Diva Tifa, as well as her Manager Otis have arrived safely in Toronto, Canada, ready to do their part at the event 'Statement' which is a fundraiser in support of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica.
Tifa's first stop, upon landing in Toronto, was a special appearance to a packed venue in Pickering, thrilling Dancehall fans, creating an incredible buzz, and selling several tickets for the fundraiser which will be held tonight, Friday March 13th, 2009.
Tonight's event promises to be one of the best on Toronto's Dancehall calendar! Niyah, and team of MYC Entertainment look forward to seeing you this evening at the Jamaican Canadian Association - 995 Arrow Road, Toronto, Canada!
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If you're a fan of music from the 1990’s, and you have savored the aroma from popular events over the years including Pip N Ting, RAS, Splurt, Gin & Juice, then the 1990's edition of Red Stripe Beer it All, could be just what the musical doctor ordered.
"Its going to be crazy, lots of fun, lots of girls and lots of surprises, so patrons better come out to join in the musical revelry", DJ Delano from Renaissance said excitedly.
The musical madness will be commissioned by the likes of the Renaissance Crew with Delano at the controls, HMV from Miami, DJ Timmy, ZJ Ice, and DJ Narity from Bloodline.
Tickets to Red Stripe Beer it All will cost $1000 in advance and $1200 at the gate. Ticket outlets include Total Liguanea, Pizza Pazza, Esso Dunrobin, Peppers, Genus Pharmacy and Glamorous Boutique in Palm Plaza, Portmore.
Kevin Lyttle brought his brand of soul soca to a sold out crowd at Manhattan's legendary live music spot, SOB's, on Monday, February 16, 2009. Lyttle joined a star-studded lineup that included Serani, Assassin, L.U.S.T. and Ghost. It was part of the weekly "Rock With Squeeze" live music series, which takes place every Monday night at SOB's.
Lyttle was in town for the show, and to promote his new single, "Anywhere" featuring Flo Rida, to media and fans. The single reveals a more pop side of the soca crooner, and features a rap appearance from fellow Billboard chart topper Flo Rida, who is also preparing to drop his new album. Lyttle shared similar success when his first single, "Turn Me On," shot to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, back in 2004.
With a second album released last year on Universal Japan (Fyah), Lyttle turns his sights again to exposing soca music again to the masses, with his second mainstream studio effort on its way this year.
Now with "Anywhere" enjoying airplay on POWER96 in Miami, Lyttle looks forward to taking his sounds on the road, and will be appearing on a slew of upcoming festivals and shows for the rest of the year.
Veteran dancehall kingpin Shabba Ranks is all set to deliver what is expected to be a high-energy performance on February 15. The event is dubbed Flashback Night and it will be held at Café Iguana Pines which is located in Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Florida.
Shabba who shot onto the musical radar in the late 1980’s has to date won two Grammy Awards. His arsenal of hits includes Billboard chart topping singles and reggae and dancehall favorites.
Shabba rose to the top of the charts with songs including Twice My Age (with Krystal), House Call (with Maxi Priest), Mr. Lover Man (with Chevelle Franklin), Love P Bad, Original Woman, Trailer Load a Girls, Ting a Ling, Family Affair, Slow & Sexy and The Jam. Shabba’s most recent hit was More Pon More, which was produced by Free Willy.
The fire mumma aka Queen Ifrica was at her best at the prestigious Jordu Live. An event that is dubbed as one of the most exclusive social events in Jamaica.
The moment Queen Ifrica graced the stage she had the audience shouting, “Pull up dat fire mumma”. She sternly warns ‘Daddy Don’t Touch Mi There’ before she argued that “Mi don’t want nuh fish inna mi ital dish.”
Queen Ifrica is definitely in a class by herself as she is one of the few female performers who know how to adjust her performance for each occasion.
Before and after Queen Ifrica’s performance ZJ Elektra of ZIP 103fm had Jordu rocking to some of the latest in hip hop, reggae and dancehall.
About Jordu Live
Jordu Live provides its guests with the opportunity to mix and mingle with the who’s who of the entertainment industry. JORDU Live, is what Jamaica has been looking for, entertainment and interaction with your favorite musician, actor, actress, entertainer, industries are a certainty on the average night out at Jordu Live.
Jordu Live is hosted every other Saturday inside the part bar, part-clothing JORDU STORE, the only clothing store in Jamaica with a BAR. Get popping while you shopping!
The Jordu store is located at shop #15, 7th Avenue Plaza, Kingston. That’s right, a social event held inside a clothing store.
OutAroad.com will catch you next time at Jordu Live.
By Rhona Fox
He's dancehall, he's lover's rock, and to American fans, he's the newest Caribbean export who is heating up the airwaves. Serani, a member of the producing phenom DASECA, saw his solo career soar when he recently realized any Caribbean artist's dream by signing with a major label.
Now a Universal Republic artist, Serani is about to release the hits dancehall fans have been enjoying ever since his solo move, to the masses.
Recently at Club Maracas in Queens, New York, Serani performed to a sold-out crowd as part of Queen's promoter Satish Singh's birthday bash. He had the males with their hands in the air and the females scrambling to climb the stage, as he chatted tunes like "DOH" and "Everywhere I Go," and serenaded with "She Loves Me" and current Billboard hit, "No Games."
If the show proved anything, it is that Serani has the ability to satisfy everyone, with hits for the guys and gals alike.
By Rhona Fox
Sean Paul, the most commercially successful representative of dancehall music today, brought his brand of pop dancehall into the swanky Club Element in lower Manhattan this past weekend. Dubbed "Sean Paul & Friends LIVE," the event was part of New York City's trendsetting promotion team - Upscale Crowd Entertainment and Caribbean Fuse's celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, on Sunday, January 18, 2009.
Fans who braved the snowy New York temps to pack Element were in for a treat when SP, as he's commonly called, took the stage, welcoming everyone in the club. "Happy New Year to all my people them," he said, greeting the crowd with a smile. "You see all my people them who love reggae and dancehall music - Caribbean people, Jamaican people, Trinidadian people, Guyanese people." The audience went wild as he called out their homelands, then performed many of his hits, including, "Give It Up To Me," "We Be Burning," "Gimme The Light," "Get Busy," "Watch Dem Roll," and "Temperature."
Singer Da’Ville currently has the number one download single in Japan, according to download site Reggae Zion. Ichiban, the title track from Da’Ville’s forthcoming album, has occupied the number one position since it was released on December 12 last year. Ichiban features Japanese reggae group Fireball.
Da’Ville recently returned to the island following a major promotional blitz in Japan, to jump start interest in the February release of the Ichiban album for Avex.
While in Japan, Da’Ville received an endorsement from Nike, which saw him being clothed by the popular brand for the duration of his stay in Japan.
Da’Ville performed at the Sabishinbo night which was held at Club Ageha on Christmas Eve, which saw more than 7000 patrons in attendance. Patrons were treated to songs from Da’Ville’s repertoire including Always on My Mind, Cant Get Over You, In Heaven and his latest single Missing You Right Now.
Even though the audience at Sting was divided into two the only time they seems to unite as one was whenever it’s time to booooo an artiste or cheered for Pamputtae who hits the stage at about 4:00am to gave one of the best performances of the night.
The moment dancehall’s fastest rising female artiste Pamputtae graced the stage the men saluted her with firecrackers, while the females scream their guts out. Before you knew it, Pamputtae had full command of the audience having almost everyman whining up pon a katty while others watched her jiggle up har body pon stage.
After teaching the ladies how to ride it, sit down pon it back way and balance pon it - Pamputtae had to returned for a second encore to finish what she had started.
Pamputtae then close her set on a high with her mega hit single Good Good (Pat Yuh P*ssy And Call Yuh Man Name). The moment she set foot off stage Pamputtae was swarmed by both local and international media houses.
If Pamputtae can continue giving this kind of performance and keep on creating more hit tunes, she will definitely become the new mumma of dancehall for 2009.
The town of Savanna-la-mar will come alive on Thursday the 1st of January 2009 with the first ever staging of Sav Impact. This event will be held at the Llandilo Cultural Centre in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland. It will feature a star studded line-up with the likes of Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Lady Saw, Coco Tea, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Bugle, Macka Diamond & Stevie Face. Also on the bill are several talented up-coming acts such as Timmi Burrell, MBC (Make Boyz Cry), Ras Slick, Vengeance & Gransonn.
Backing bands will be the Ninja Force band & the Impact band, music will be provided by DJ Peck of LINKZ FM & DJ No Doubt of VYBZ FM, MC duties will be handled by ZJ Sparks of Zip FM & Ron Muschette of IRIE FM. There will also be lots of prizes and surprises in the big raffle at the event. General Admission will be $1000 & VIP $1500. Sponsors of Sav Impact are RETV, Negril TV, VYBZ FM, LINKZ FM & Torie-Shae's Production.
Sav Impact is being staged by HAH Entertainment Productions, although this company is new it has already stamped its class on western Jamaica with quality events such as the highly successful Negril Vibrations (2006) and Negril Impact (2007).
The annual Renaissance All White Christmas Eve party will explode on December 24 at the Palisadoes Go Kart Track in Kingston.
Easily one of the most anticipated parties of the Christmas season, the Renaissance party will afford patrons a comfortable party experience. ‘With this year’s ticket price, patrons will be able to enjoy the full bar service and quality musical experience. Its going to be fun with lots of nice people to party with’, Delano Thomas from Renaissance explained.
Renaissance disco’s cadre of selectors, along with a guest selector out of Florida and ZJ Liquid, have been commissioned to take patrons on a musical high with high energy turntable action.
Patrons will be treated to lots of surprises including a Christmas gift, on entry to the party. There will be ample parking and security will be top priority, the promoters have promised.
Tickets for the Renaissance All White Christmas Eve party will cost $2000 for drink inclusive, while a VIP all inclusive ticket will cost $3000. ‘We have really good deals going for the pre-sold tickets so patrons need to capitalize on that’, Thomas said.
Pre-sold tickets are available at Xtra’s Manor Park and Mall Plaza; Esso Tiger mart in Liguanea, Harbour View and Dunrobin; Pizza Pazza in New Kingston; Genus Pharmacy and Glamma’s Boutique in Palm Plaza, Portmore.
By Krazy Katty
Dancehall’s newest and baddest female artiste for 2008 Pamputtae was the only female artiste to have the audience begging for more at the West Kingston Jamboree when she took the stage by storm minutes after 4:00 AM this morning (Monday 8, 2008).
Before Pamputtae set foot on stage, the audience was already in frenzy, the crowd rushed to the front of the stage the minute they spotted the new mumma of dancehall.
During her electrifying performance, Pamputtae advised the females to be confident and “Pat Yuh P*ssy, And Call Yuh Man Name” before giving them a little lesson about 'Hungry Belly And Back Shot Nuh Gree'.
According to Pamputtae’s manager Hoffy of Good Youth Promotion, “last night at Jamboree was just a taste of what fans can expect at Sting,” he told OutAroad.com.
This is Buju's only performance in Jamaica this year and any fan who wishes to see him has to come to It's A Reggaelution, wait until next year or fly to Europe.
Never before in Jamaica has an all-inclusive featured live performances and the top flight artistes involved are excited at the opportunity to perform in such a relaxed atmosphere. On December 6, 2008 the Liguanae club will be transformed by quality music, delightful drinks and great food.
Etana, reggae rising star and first princess is fresh off her US tour and is ecstatic at the opportunity of performing on such a stage. From her debut single Wrong Address to her now infectious I Am Not Afraid, Etana has come into her own. Etana fully believes in her message and performs with a heart and passion that captures and encapsulates her fans. This will be Etana's first performance in Jamaica in months and she has been busy preparing to give the patrons an excellent set.
Buju Banton is no stranger to performing in front of the demanding Jamaican crowd, however, this is the first time he will be performing in such a setting. The reggae and dancehall icon has a catalogue envied by most in the music business. Buju Banton has straddled both sides of popular Jamaican music, from being a prolific dancehall maestro to now an enlightened Rastafarian reggae singer world renowned for his conscious yet electrifying performances.
The Negril West End Cluster is an organization made up of over eighty small hotels, restaurants, bars, artisans and other businesses geared towards the tourism sector of the West End, Negril. On Saturday the 6th of December the cluster will be under-taking the staging of the Reggae Marathon victory party. This event is dubbed the Finish Line and will be held at the MX3 Park on the One Love Drive. This event will take the form of an awards show in an informal and fun atmosphere with the famed sights, tastes and sounds of the West End.
Through this event the Negril West End Cluster will give the over seven hundred participants, officials and spectators of the world famous Reggae Marathon, the opportunity to experience the Spirits of One Love Drive on the Sunset Strip in the West End Village, where the people make all the difference. The Cluster's sees this as another opportunity to once again position the West End as the authentic and original exponent of that mystical element which makes Jamaica so much more than fun, sea and sand.
January 22 - 24, 2009 will see Rose Hall, Montego Bay come alive with the JAMAIACA Jazz and Blues Festival which is gearing up to be even more electrifying than in previous years.
The Festival, which has hosted acts such as George Benson, Erika Badu, Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, Michael Bolton, Kenny Rogers, Shaggy, Third World and a host of other top-class local and international performers, is expected to live up to its reputation of being the premier event on the Caribbean's entertainment calendar. London's effervescent and multi-talented new artiste, Estelle; Grammy Award-winning star Lionel Richie; and hit-makers Atlantic Starr are just some of the acts which will grace the stage at the 2009 Festival.
The new branding of the event as the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival was endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, which now assumes the Title sponsorship of the festival. The change has given the Jamaica brand prime placement, a move which is expected to aid in positioning Jamaica as a premier event destination. Air Jamaica, original owner and promoter of the festival, remains committed to its partnership with the event, and will be the presenting sponsor for 2009.
Dancehall-soulstress Cherine Anderson along with Michael Franti & Spearhead are set to perform to a sold out crowd tonight at the NOKIA THEATRE in New York City's famed Times Square. Anderson, who is fresh off tours in Europe, Australia and the US, is excited to rock the prestigious Nokia Theatre tonight, Friday November 21st and Saturday November 22nd. At press time, tonight's show is sold-out, with limited tickets available for Saturday's show.
This marks Anderson's first time performing in Times Square. Anderson is currently on the second leg of a US tour with Franti and Spearhead. The tour also performed to a sold out audience in Washington DC and to overwhelming responses in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Cherine looks forward to sharing her Dancehall Soul vibe with this new audience.
By popular demand, international dancehall heavyweights TOK are heading back to the US for yet another promotional tour for their upcoming album Our World.
The group is scheduled to depart the island on Wednesday November 19, when they will travel to New York City. Their first show will be at Club Tobago in Queens on Saturday November 22. This will mark the group's first performance in New York in three years. Following their stint in the Big Apple, TOK will then head to Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbus where they will also be headlining numerous shows. After this, they will be off to the West Coast where they will hit the stage once again in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nevada. As to what their fans can expect from their usual high energy performances, group member Bay-C says "We're keeping it SOLID". While on the West Coast they won't only be treating fans to breathtaking performances, but are also scheduled to record with a US international recording artiste. The tracks to be recorded will be up for consideration for inclusion on their eagerly anticipated album.
Europe - Ultimate Reggae entertainer Moses 'Beenie Man' Davies continues to prove to the world why he is dubbed the 'doctor' and 'king of the dancehall' during his recent tour of Europe.
European fans have described Beenie Man's performances as "fantastic and energizing." Despite a few personal problems on the tour that were straightened out, Beenie Man did not let anything get in the way of him giving the best of himself to his many fans who turned out in numbers at all venues that he was slated to perform.
His first stint of the tour got underway on Friday, August 8 in Lisbon Portugal where the 'doctor' gave fans there a very stimulating performance. He took them through a variety of his old and new hit songs backed up with some very entertaining dance moves.
Fans in Sweden, Germany Italy, Holland and France also got their fair share of the 'doctor's versatility. Despite the different languages and culture, it was quite evident that there is definitely a place in the world for dancehall.
On September 20, 2008 National Meats in association with the community of Sherwood Content will present the Hart Hill Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebration. The event, a show of gratitude and admiration for triple Olympic gold medalist and local son, Usain Bolt, will be held in his hometown and will serve as Trelawny's ode to Bolt's amazing performance in the recently concluded Beijing Games in China.
The Hart Hill Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebration will commence with a fun day for the youth of the community at the Waldensia Primary School where Usain's talent was discovered and nurtured. The tempo of the celebration will step up a notch with a concert boasting some of Jamaica's top Gospel, Reggae & Dancehall acts on stage celebrating Usain's great achievement.
The concert will be at no cost to patrons as full sponsorship of the event is being undertaken by National Meats/Hart Hill. David Phillips CEO of National Meats/Hart Hill voiced his pride in company's involvement in the event, "We take rural development seriously and this is the reason we have joined with the community of Sherwood Content in this effort. Usain is an inspiration to all Jamaicans young and old and we felt that his achievements should be celebrated and heralded as a standard that we must all seek to attain."
By Krazy Katty
Listen to 'Calm Dung Yuh Nerves' on the OutAroad music player on the right
Reggae singer Bescenta who recently thrilled fans in Bahamas is back in the island to step up the pace on his current hit single ‘Calm Dung Yuh Nerves’ produced by Damion Allen (Executive Producer). The single is now enjoying favourable airplay on several local radio stations and is slowly becoming a hit in quite a few European countries such as France, Sweden to name a few.
This coming Sunday will be a busy weekend for Bescenta and his management team Uplifting Music International who is also responsible for the brilliant come back of the soulful singer Terry Linen. The video for ‘Calm Dung Yuh Nerves’ will be shooting at various locations around the island so fans can be on the lookout for the production team passing through your home town.
“Bescenta is a very powerful singer and we at UMI will do our best helping him getting the recognition that he deserves,” said News Man speaking on the behalf of the UMI crew.
Bescenta also took the time out to share how proud he is of our Jamaican athletes’ accomplishments in Beijing, China. “It’s time for us to stop the killing, and unite as one because we are a great Island and the world is watching”.
The Go Kart Track at Palisadoes will be transformed into an airport setting for the staging of Renaissance Disco’s Flight #19 anniversary party.
The world renowned sound system will be celebrating 19 years of providing great party vibes to party faithfuls. ‘This is the party of all Renaissance parties because we are going to transform the venue into an airport with check in counters, a terminal building, and even immigration officers and the captain of the flight. Every thing that happens at an airport will be there at the venue’, said Delano Thomas of Renaissance Disco.
Asked whether an airplane will be at the location, Delano said ‘Patrons will just have to come out and see what we have in store. We are putting in all the resources to make the party a success.
Apart from great music courtesy of the Renaissance Disco selectors and guests, patrons will have easy access to the bars and food. ‘We have a party class and a first class. First Class will be limited VIP and there will be separate entrances to give our patrons easy access into the party’, Thomas assured.
Patrons purchasing party class ticket ($1500 pre sold and $2000 at the gate) will access the inflight bar service which will offer drinks all night long. First class patrons ($2500 pre sold and $3000 at the gate) will experience a super inclusive service consisting of meals and bar service all night.
Limited Party Class discount tickets to the Renaissance Disco’s Flight #19 are available at Pizza Pazza in New Kingston at a cost of $1200.
First 100 Ladies to enter free at Delano’s Tempted in Negril.
Delano’s Birthday Bash Tempted Hawaii is set to kick off the RTI weekend this Thursday July 31st at Temptation Beach in Negril.
Patrons will have easy access to the venue which is next door to Fire Fly and Chances. ‘We’re going to transform the venue into Hawaii, so people need to come out and see it. There will be a sign at the venue so people won’t miss it’, promoter Delano Thomas explained.
This year’s RTI theme is based around World Parties and each party under the RTI brand will have a different theme. ‘We’re having huge bars, spacious dance floor areas, tikki huts, lounges and the ambiance will be great’, said Thomas.
Apart from the Renaissance Disco, patrons to Tempted will be treated to intense musical juggling from Black Chiney, ZJ Liquid and Tony Matterhorn.
The Tempted Hawaii party is also the prelude to the Renaissance 19th anniversary party Flight #19 which will take place on August 9 at the Palisadoes Go Kart Track in Kingston.
The RTI season band will guarantee patrons into the drink inclusive Tempted Hawaii party. Patrons without season band will pay $1500 at the gate. The first 100 ladies will enter free.
It’s been awhile since the “Great” Tanya Stephens has performed locally but come this Saturday at Carlos Café, New Kingston fans will be able watch and mingle with the dancehall diva up close and personal at Sex In The City.
So far Sex In The City has been blessed with performers like Chris Martin, Iceman, Nesbeth, Tesse-Ann Chin, Delly Ranks and new comer Konshens who had the crowd in awe!!!! This Saturday is highly anticipated due to the fact it is a rare treat to see Tanya Stephens in action as this music Diva loves to fly under the radar, but with a wicked G-Force campaign along with her new tracks on the road fans can expect a musical treat from this week’s Sex In The City star Tanya Stephens
Sex In The City is the brain child of Entertainment Media Mogul Diva Nikki Z and was brought together to bring a more laid back vibes to the city.
Show Time: Midnight
Next week on Sex In The City Saturdays: Serani and Bugle!!!
By Matthew Laidlow
Aww, a newly-wed couple, isn’t it a wholesome sight to see?
They say love will last forever between couples who are destined to be soulmates, or in the case of many UK women, until a footballer’s money runs out. Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a problem based on their career choice of being musicians. While they’re not locked away in a studio, they are off around the globe touring at various gigs and festivals.
It appears that poor Jay-Z is missing his darling wife so much, he’s turned into a love-struck puppy. At a recent gig in Nigeria, he asked on his rider for a melon to be split in half and transformed in to a replica of his wife’s boobies. We just have one question: Are Beyoncé’s boobs green, sweet and edible?
At the Africa Rising concert in Abuja, Jay-Z made his strange request. Now, we’re not ones to criticise and point out the obvious, but if he missed the sight of his wife’s boobs so much, why did he not whip out his diamond encrusted blinged-up phone and look at a mucky photo? Or failing that, get her to send one? Mobile technology is a wonderful thing.
Maybe Jay-Z is just incorporating two of his favorite things together, fruit and ladies’ naked bits. If we had it our way, we’d incorporate pancakes and bowling together, but sadly we aren’t totally sure how that would work. Back to the drawing board for that one.
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The temperatures in Southern California are going to keep on rising. Shabba Ranks, the two time Grammy award winning Emperor of Dancehall Reggae is CONFIRMED to headline the Adamari Caribbean Sumfest at the Queen Mary Park, in Long Beach, California.
Shabba is set to light up the main stage at the hottest outdoor Reggae event in Southern California. He will be performing his classic smash hit songs 'Champion Lover", "Ting a Ling", "Mr Loverman", "Trailor Load of Girls", "Dem Bow", "Telephone Love", "Twice My Age" and lots more. Shabba will also be blessing the fans with brand new tunes that he has recently released featuring Sizzla Kalonji, Mavado, Busta Rhymes and Akon.
This is a one time chance for all Reggae music fans in Southern California to witness the Dancehall legend performing live on a giant festival stage. Please note the last time Shabba Ranks performed on a festival stage in Southern California was in 1993 at California State University in Dominguez Hills. Again this is a one time chance to see the Dancehall legend Shabba Ranks performing live in a relaxed picturesque, summer festival environment, over looking the Queen Mary and the Pacific Ocean. This is history in the making! This event must NOT be missed
By Krazzy Katty
Natural Bridge recording artiste Konshens, who is poised to be one of Jamaica’s next reggae/dancehall super star, gave a stunning performance last Saturday at the second staging of Sex In The City.
The headline act was simply stunning and his fans were reaching out to him and gobbling up every note he sang. The stimulation started close to 1 a.m. when Sex In The City promoter ZIP Jock Niki Z introduced Konshens on stage.
DJ Smurf from Irie FM was geared up behind the wheels of steel rinsing his Konshens interlude as anticipation crept throughout the audience. The moment ‘Mr. Winner’ took the stage the females began screaming uncontrollably. Blanks and screams greeted Winna, and immediately the deejay received three consecutive forwards.
Shouts of ‘pppuuulll uuuppp’ echoed throughout the venue the minute that Konshens began to delve into Rasta Imposter. This stepped on several artistes ‘corn’ but Konshens continued to thrill his fans.
The performance took a turn when one of Jamaica’s top female dancer Mystic, took to the stage. The men inside the venue suddenly sprung to life and many barked like dogs as she entice them with some rousing dance moves. Konshens made good of the opportunity, deejaying “Gal Yuh Lock Di Whole Dance Down - Di Way Yuh Shake Your Booty.” - the crowd roared.
Konshens capped off a successful set with How It Feel (produced by Birch) and simmered for Mi Madda.
Veteran deejay Delly Ranx also gave a wonderful performance to close the show.
Warner Park in St. Kitts will be home to one of the greatest music festivals in the Caribbean this weekend and Friday night will be a night to remember and record in history books as ace dancehall deejay, Busy Signal, takes to the stage. This will be his first time performing at an event of this nature, as dancehall acts are not usually included on the lineup.
"St. Kitts is going to definitely feel my energy on Friday night…they will not be disappointed. I am prepared to deliver an incredible performance that persons from all ages will enjoy" stated Signal.
Persons attending the festival will be treated to chart topping songs such as "Jail", "These Days", "Unknown Number" and many others from his extensive repertoire.
Busy Signal will have the acclaimed Gumption band as his backing band and they will hold the audience captive for approximately forty five minutes.
Busy Signal will share the stage with other acts such as Mr. Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean, Jamaican crooner, Ernie Smith and fellow dancehall act, Macka Diamond.
He returns to the island on Monday to prepare for yet another electrifying performance at Reggae Sumfest before heading off on tour.
By Krazy Katty
Jamaica’s ‘moneymaking mood’ artiste Konshens will be the headline act for the blazing weekly party Sex In The City this Saturday at Carlos Café, New Kingston.
A lot will be demanded from the Natural Bridge artiste, as the singer/deejay will be encountering a no nonsense crowd that expects nothing short of a superb performance. After opening with a dazzling performance for the Reggae Boyz in their encounter with The Bahamas at the National Stadium recently, one can bet their last dollar that Konshens will rip up the place.
DJ Smurf from Irie FM will be the man behind the wheels of steel ravaging the turntables to get out some crisp beats that Konshens will undoubtedly handle very well.
The first staging of Sex In The City got off to a great start last weekend with Big Yard Recording artiste Chris Martin and comedian turn artiste Ice Man giving wonderful performances.
Sex In The City is the brain child of Zip Jock Nikki Z.
By Krazy Katty
Konshens’s encouraging words - “This year mi affi be di winna,” led the Reggae Boyz to 7-0 victory over a weak Bahamian line up last weekend at the National Stadium. This is Konshens first major appearance which will be one to remember as the DJ opened for the Reggae Boyz in their first World Cup qualifying match.
Even though Konshens performed his hit single “Winna” at the beginning of the game Renaissance sound system “pop off di tune again,” at half time reminding the Reggae Boyz that they will be “di winna”.
I-Octane was also in the building and had the audience jumping to his hit joint ‘Stab Vampire’. The lyrical Assassin was next who definitely turned the Stadium up-side down, especially when he belted out his mega hit single ‘Some Boy Nuh Want Nuh Gal’.
Rolexx and the Bembe Squad selectors have turned Thursdays in Grand Cayman into BEMBE madness. The popular dance that already took Kingston (Jamaica) by storm has been a great success in the Cayman Islands as patrons roll out every week, “Fi hold a vibe and learn some new Jamaican dance moves, while dem listen to Rolexx mixing up some serious dancehall vibes”.
Artistes such as Munga Honorable and G Whizz have passed through the dance and turned Cayman Bembe into a real Jamaican dance. Rolexx will be playing at the Li Club in Ironshore, Grand Cayman again this Thursday representing for the Bembe Squad.
Wha dem say a Cayman now? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Bembe!
By: Krazy Katty
Zip FM sizzling hot ZJ Elektra was relentless last Saturday night at Hillview Anvenue, as she played an electrifying set that ignited the patrons at Chi Ching Ching Splash.
The sole female selector for the night, Elektra, took the stage after veteran selector Sky Juice, who seemed intimidated by her presence: “A three more tune mi have left fi play but me a go play more tune ‘cause mi nah mek nuh female DJ come done di dance,” a usually good-humoured Sky Juice argued.
Despite the ‘aggressive’ comments, that did not go down well with some of the patrons, ZJ Elektra still managed to create a storm. Torrential mixes rained from the turntables and the patrons stuck to her side as she electrify their dancing nerves.
She had some of the female patrons ‘li, li, li, licking’ to Lil Wayne's smashing single Lollipop, while the men were flossing to 50 Cent’s I Get Money.
Before premiering Chi Ching Ching’s new tune featuring Flippa Mafia and female singer Bay C, she had the entire crowd shouting to Konshens’ hit single Winner (This Year Mi Haffi Be Di Winner).
Several of dancehall’s hottest stars came out to support Chi Chi Ching including Junior Reid and the One Blood Family, Blonde Ras aka Harry Toddler, Voicemail, Natural Black, Bescenta, Kiva the Diva, and videographer extraordinaire Jay Will.
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Ashanti brings her best game and more on her fourth studio album, the aptly titled The Declaration, arriving in June of 2008 as the most complete and compelling offering of her career. A soaring collection of new tracks, penned by the multi-talented artist, the intricately produced album captures her alluring presence and incredible vocal range.
The Declaration is an impressive rollout of A-list producers, including Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, Pharrell Williams, Bryan Michael Cox and others. A sizzling snapshot of the heat-seeking Ashanti can be gleamed from the new single; “The Way That I Love You” produced LT Hutton. The song skillfully plays up the ever-present voice of the star. You can feel Ashanti reveling in her new-found independence, which she effortlessly displays with a powerful sense of purpose throughout every song on the new album. “One of the reasons I call the album ‘The Declaration,’ is because I feel it’s important to present all sides of what being a woman is about,” she says. “Historically, we’ve always been relegated to the bottom of the totem pole, whether it’s business or the battle of the sexes or just empowering each other. I want this album to make people feel stronger about themselves. I’ve always used the ups and downs in my own life as well as others close to me as a motivational tool and I hope my music comes off that way. I felt a lot of passion making this record. I loved every minute I was in the studio.”
Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Author Ashanti is a native of Glen Cove, Long Island. She burst onto the music scene with her 2002 smash hit debut album self-titled Ashanti. The album landed at the #1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, selling a whopping 504,593 units in its first week. Her first week set a Sound scan record as the most albums sold by any debut female artist in the chart’s history, granting her a spot in the Guinness book of world records. Simultaneously, Ashanti also secured the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and the R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart with her song, “Foolish.” She made Billboard history by having her first three chart entries land in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. She is the first female to accomplish this feat previously only attained by the Beatles.
Very few Jamaican artistes have the ability to bring out record crowds outside of the island and even more difficult, maintain this form year after year. This year Jah Cure has upped the ante.
Jah Cure's three country tour of the Caribbean which began in St Kitts on April 26th 2008, still has the Eastern Caribbean and the Reggae world talking.
"Jamaican mega Reggae entertainer "Jah Cure" performed early Sunday (April 27th) at around 2:20 am in front of the largest crowd ever at Carnival Village in St. Kitts as thousands rushed to get a glimpse of 'Cure'. Scores of cheers and applause echoed from the excited audience as Jah Cure dished out an hour and a half of conscious tunes that included True Reflections, What Will it Take, To Your Arms of Love and Longing For, bringing many female fans to tears with his timeless hits." - St Kitts Vibes Entertainment.
With a sold out concert in St Kitts behind him, Jah Cure maintained his momentum by giving a spirited performance at the Digicel Reggae on the Hill 2008 Concert on April 29th in Barbados receiving three encores from a crowd of 25,000. Jah Cure continued with his message of peace and love and even won commendations from the Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson, who confessed he was an ardent fan of the artist.
Stephen Marley, Multiple-Grammy winning artist/producer (he holds the Reggae record with six Grammy wins), and fresh off his latest Grammy win for Best Reggae Album for his 2007 masterpiece Mind Control, has begun a much anticipated spring U.S. Tour that will take him to 29 cities, and include a handful of celebrated Festivals including his spring ’08 finale performance on June 13 at the much heralded Bonnaroo Festival, the 4 day multi-stage music and cultural extravaganza held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.
Marley, who became the third son in a row from the great Marley musical dynasty to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy, will headline the non-festival shows, tapping Kingston Reggae sensation Gully Bank Sound to open on the tour. The trek kicked off on May 4 in West Palm Beach at the Sun Fest, and includes shows in North Myrtle Beach on May 8, Las Vegas’ Hard Rock & Casino on May 23, and Boulder, CO on June 7 at the prestigious Fox Theatre (see entire list of dates below).
Reggae's raggamuffin veteran singing star, Half Pint, kicked off his No Stress Express US tour to a packed house last night in Los Angeles at the Dub Club. From the opening notes of Pint's classic "Greetings" to the well-deserved encore of "Unity" from the new No Stress Express CD release, Pint had the appreciative crowd electrified with his charismatic performance. Other member of the Reggae fraternity came out to support Pint such as the duo Michigan & Smiley, producer/engineer Scientist, and others. Backed by the Bay Area based Yellow Wall Dub Squad and opening artists Itawe and Stevie Culture continue the tour tomorrow night at the Malibu Inn in Malibu, CA. Joining the tour this week are Half Pint's manager Loyal Haylett, Publicist/Road Manager Ra-Umi Alkebu-lan and Background vocalist Chinnoy Henry. This tour is not to be missed!
Half Pint's all-new CD No Stress Express.is available in all leading music and online stores through Half Pint Music / Essential Media Group / Perpetual and distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.
No Stress Express is deemed to be a classic and is poised to be his best album to date. Hot tracks include “Unity” featuring Jack Maness from Long Beach Dub All Stars / Sublime, “Bad Boys” featuring Sizzla, “Just Be Good” featuring R&B songbird Mikki Howard, ‘Mind Over Matter,” ”Suzie,” and "Children of His Majesty.”
Bembe Thursday became the most popular dance in Jamaica after its inception and is continuing to attract artistes and patrons every week to Weekenz. The Bembe Squad 'selectas' Rolexx, Tony Matterhorn, Richie Feelings. Jigsy, Penny Bling and Razz & Biggy are now bringing some Bembe vibes to the Cayman Islands.
Starting this coming Thursday on April 24th, 2008 Bembe Thursday will also be held at Peppers Night Club on West Bay Road in Grand Cayman.
Rolexx will be playing at Cayman Bembe this Thursday. The sought after Bembe Squad 'selecta' does not play competitions but rather events and dances such as Bembe Thursday entertaining the patrons. Rolexx is known as one of the best selectas in Jamaica and dancehall fans in the Cayman Islands can roll out and get ready for Rolexx' selection and a real Bembe experience.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Bembe! This Thursday April 24th with Rolexx!
Kingston JAMAICA: Kalonji Music urges all to come early to celebrate Sizzla Kalonji Earthstrong Celebrations, Rise To The Occasion IV on Saturday, April 19th at Temple Hall Estate, The Great House in Stoney Hill celebrating Sizzla’s 32nd Birthday.
Sizzla Kalonji alongside music contemporaries like Stephen Marley, Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley, Capleton, Bounty Killer, Beenieman, Spragga Benz, Anthony B, Queen Ifrika, Movado, Chuck Fenda, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Luciano, Sanchez, Elephant Man, Sugaer Minnott, Vybz Kartel, Richi Spice, Busy Signal, Lady Saw, Etana, Erup, Junie Platinum, Voicemail, Gyptian, Turbulance, Assasin, Marcia Griffiths, Natural Black, Spice, Bascom X, Monster Empire, Lady G, Louie Culture, Thriller U, and the L.U.S.T. Crew will perform to highlight Occasion IV.
We celebrate the nomination of The Overstanding for Best Album, Artist of the Year, and Best Male Artist through www.urbanmusicawards.net, log on to vote.
This years Earthstrong celebration is a reflection of the successes and accomplishments in April 2007-April 2008 for Sizzla Kalonji and Kalonji Music Ltd. On the heels of Koch/DDMG/Kalonji Record’s Overstanding Album, four albums were released. These include Children of Jah with PNR Label, I-Space (Greensleeves), Rastafari (Penitentiary), and Addicted (LGN Entertainment).
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New York, USA: It may have been a soca-laden bill, but that didn't stop the night's sole dancehall performer, local star Macka Diamond from shining at Machel Montano and Friends inside The WaMu Theatre, Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
The night featured two sold-out shows, one beginning at 8:00 pm and the other at 12:00 midnight, which both saw artistes from the region bringing the heat, even as the mostly Caribbean audience (who all churned out US$80 for admission) maxed up the vibe.
Donning a fairy-inspired number with Betsey Johnson appeal - designed by New York's answer to 'Biggie', the well-known 'Goldteeth' of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn - Macka joined soca 'divette' Patrice Roberts on stage even as the audience erupted to the introductory strains of Hulla Hoop. The 'money goddess' engaged the audience in the fun dance move of the same name, all the while rotating her hips as if the plastic toy were around her waist. In BlackER's absence, the diamond princess found a good understudy for him in Roberts, who joined her on Bun Him.
Aloha, a Hawaiian styled party is set to invade the Quad Nightclub in New Kingston on Thursday March 20. The event will serve as a precursor to the Luau Party which will take place over the Easter Weekend at Reggae Beach, Ocho Rios.
According to Delano Thomas from Renaissance Disco, Aloha’s Hawaiian theme will perfectly blend with the fusions of soca, dancehall and hip hop, that will be readily available for patrons to consume. ‘The Hawaiian theme is very hot and it’s the soca season and this theme fits perfect. We are really doing it for the ladies’, said Thomas.
Patrons attending Aloha will have the chance to win tickets to the Luau party.
‘It’s the night before Good Friday so patrons should come out to have a good time with us at the Quad. Aloha is the best way to kick off the Easter weekend’, Thomas added.
All the dance floors at the Quad will be available for patrons to party. ‘We will be featuring music from the 80’s to the present, from soca, to dancehall, to hip hop, to house and remixes. Everyone is guaranteed a good time’, Thomas promised.
TOURISM, BUSINESS INTERESTS LINE UP BEHIND SYMPHONY
Kingston Jamaica: With scarcely two weeks to go, the buzz is increasing for the 2008 edition of Symphony Under the Stars, scheduled for March 15 at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy, and major players in the tourism and commercial spheres are lining up behind the one-of-a-kind music event.
Addressing the recent launch at the Hilton Kingston hotel, Minister of Tourism the Hon Edmund Bartlett said that Symphony was an event of the caliber which his ministry was seeking to align with. “Music and the performing arts are critical to the mix of attractions, and Symphony Under the Stars is the kind of event that will be a major draw for lovers of Jamaican music from the key markets internationally.”
Major corporate entities and brands supporting Symphony include Lascelles Wines & Spirits, Appleton Jamaica Rum, Air Jamaica, Nescafe and Mercedes Benz. Part proceeds from the event will go towards the establishment of a scholarship fund at the Reggae Studies Unit.
Symphony Under The Stars is a SHEM Music Production and features Grammy award-winner Roberta Flack, Chalice, LUST, AJ Brown, Da’ville, Courtney John, Duane Stephenson, and the specially assembled Masterpiece Orchestra, with members drawn from New York and Jamaica, led by Jon Williams.
International gospel singer Chevelle Franklyn, who made a successful transition from dancehall to gospel music in 1998, will headline the inaugural Ebenezer's 75th Anniversary Gospel Concert on Friday, March 14, 2008 at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd in the Bronx. Other performers include Unconditional, the EPHN Temples of Praise Dancers and Choeur Magnificant.
Franklyn is no stranger to the limelight. She garnered major success in the early 90's with smash hits "Nice and Naughty" and "No Pushover" that were staples on reggae charts globally. This led to performances with some of the hottest reggae stars of the day and collaborations with Spragga Benz and dancehall icon Shabba Ranks. It was however her 1997 combination hit single Dancehall Queen with Beenie Man that had this singing sensation soared to musical heights. Over a hard driving drum and bass, disco-fueled rhythm, supplied by the creative genius of Sly and Robbie, Franklyn wailed a tribute to the queen.The song was featured on the "Dancehall Queen" soundtrack for Island Pictures and won her international acclaim. This eventually led to her signing to the Island Jamaica label.
The bad gal of dancehall Spice having conquered the local scene will now be turning her attention on the European front where she will be on a one month tour with Cham and Pinchers.
With her biting lyrics and lethal performance Spice has really endeared herself to the dancehall massive.
Her quick wittiness and charming personality ensures she is a favourite with the massive.
But of course all this is not news to her many fans on the European side and certainly not to the man who discovered how sharp she could be on stage when he toured in 2002 with her in England. Baby Cham could not believe the DJ who was without a hit song at the time could mash up the show like a pro!
Now with some strong ammunition on her catalogue of songs including 'Up Inna Di Light' on the Gear Box rhythm which is rapidly climbing its way up on the Hype TV Top 20 Charts. The song is now sitting in the #8 position and seems to climb even higher.
The Ultimate Spring Break Party Series is JamFest Negril, Jamaica: -- Spring Break is always a special time of the year which brings with it a new realm of entertainment. This year the organisers of JamFest will bring a fresh, exciting concept to the production of live events.
Student Travel Services and Sun Splash Tours have combined efforts to create a package uniquely designed to appeal to visitors from overseas and on island. Set for the Wavz in Negril Westmoreland the combination beach party, talent competition and concert, JamFest will be held on Monday nights on March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th ending on Easter Sunday on March 23.
In tandem with her propelling career success from last year, D’Angel is now embarking on a new venture and she will include some friends along the way. The “Up Close & Personal with D’Angel + Friends Concert” is a live concert on Saturday, February 23rd at the Asylum Night Club in New Kingston (Jamaica).
Come out and be treated to a night of musical pleasure with D’Angel and Friends live in Concert, hosted by Nikki Z from ZIP 103FM and backed by Uprizing Band. Admission for this event is only $700.00; show time will be at 1:00AM sharp and please note that the dress code will be Casually Elegant to compliment the Red Carpet Theme. The main sponsors for the “Up Close & Personal with D’Angel + Friends” are Hypnotic and Magnum.
D’Angel will be performing all the hits from her catalogue including Downtown Girl, Baby Father, One Man, Blaze, Lucky Charm amongst many other favorites. The “Up Close & Personal Concert” will also feature a number of her friends, namely LUST, Aisha and many other special guests.
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The fifth staging of the Renaissance Red Stripe Beer it All Mardi Gras party series will be unveiled on Tuesday February 5 at the Quad nightclub in New Kingston (Jamaica).
All the ingredients required to stage a successful ‘Beer it All’ event will be thrown at unsuspecting patrons, as the promoters, Renaissance will be going all out to ensure that patrons have a grand time.
‘This is our annual year to year Mardi Gras party and we have teamed up with Red Stripe and the Quad nightclub to ensure a good time for everyone’, said Delano Thomas from Renaissance.
Among the attractions are beeds and free red stripe beer up until 1am for females. For the men, there will be two for one red stripe deals all night long.
Patrons have no need to worry about going to work the following morning, as the day after the party will be Ash Wednesday, a public holiday. ‘We will be having the Renaissance deejays, ZJ Liquid and the Captain Collin Hines playing the music all night long’, Thomas added.
The Renaissance Red Stripe Beer It All Mardi Gras party will cost patrons $800 for admission.
IRIE FM 2007 AWARDS - FEBRUARY 13, 2008
CATEGORIES & NOMINEES
COME BACK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• JUNIOR REID
• WAYNE WONDER
• BABY CHAM
• MICHAEL ROSE
• CHUCKLE BERRY
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• MUNGA HONOURABLE
• SEAN KINGSTON
SINGER OF THE YEAR – FEMALE
• TAMMY CHIN
• CHERINE ANDERSON
• TESANNE CHIN
DUO/GROUP/BAND OF THE YEAR
• BRICK N LACE
‘Hot It Up Movements’ spear headed by Hotta Ball played a magnificent selection of music last night at Uptown Mondays’ which had the men firing blanks and the ladies ‘bruking’ out on the dance floor.
Hot It Up Movements musical selections were well put together ranging from as far as 90’s Hop Hip, R&B that rolled over into some of Dancehall’s current hit singles and even took the chance of squeezing off a few new tunes from various artistes such as Sizzla, Monster Shock Empire, Voicemail, Anthony B and Jamaica’s newest sensation Konshens.
Up next was Mr. Bembe selector himself, Richie Feelings who started off his power-play with a new joint by Junior Gong that earned Feelings a massive encore from the audience after listening the track for only a few seconds. And as usual Richie Feelings had the female patrons ‘backing it up’ throughout the night to anthems from Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mavado and the Gangsta Ras Munga Honorable.
By: Icey Jace
After commanding strong stage performances at major Christmas events such as Welcome to Jamrock, I Scream and Guinness Sting 2007. The soulful Reggae vocalist Etana will be starting off the new year in style as she will grace two very prominent annual events - the first of which will be at the 15th anniversary of True Juice Rebel Salute at the Port Kaiser Sports Club St. Elizabeth (Jamaica) this Saturday 15th.
The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival slated for the 24-26 will also be on her January calendar. Etana who will be making her first ever Jazz & Blue appearance on the second night of the festival (Saturday 25th) spoke with OutAroad.com about what fans can expect on the night.
"It's exciting to be on Jazz & Blues this year, it's my first year on the big stage and what I'll be bringing is a couple new songs that most of my fans haven't heard before and a totally different performance from any other I've done in Jamaica before, why? Because its 2008 and I just want to come different since Jazz & Blues is new to me. As for Rebel Salute tomorrow its my second year at the show and I just plan to do a nice performance, I really planned on just enjoying my set."
By: Ralston Barrett
Reggae artist Little Hero is currently sitting at the top of the V1 Top 20 Reggae Charts on WSTX 100.3 radio station, in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, with his latest hit single "Praise God", on the Inspirer Imprint which is own and operated by his manager Delroy Roberts. "Praise God" is also moving up on the local Reggae Charts and the New York & South Florida charts as well.
Over the last couple of years Little Hero has been steadily making his mark on several Reggae Charts around the world with several hits such as "Inna Di Ghetto", "The Prayer", "Freedom", "No More War", "Prayer Time" & his monster hit "God Alone".
He is currently preparing for a tour of Japan in support of his album "Revelation", which has been released in Japan since December 5th by Diamond Edge record company. "Revelation " will be released in Jamaica by Inspirer Records before the end of January. The fifteen track album is produced by his manger Delroy Roberts and features several of Little Hero's most popular songs as well as new material such as "Ghetto Life", "Revelation Time", "When", "Town Of Sorrow", "Reggae Music" & his latest hit "Praise God". "Revealation" is available in America through Ernie B's Reggae and in Europe through Soundquake.
By: Christopher Icey Jace Campbell
On a scale of 1 - 10 how would you rate your sex drive?
I would rate my sex drive at 8, 8 ½ to 9 sometimes at 10 two weeks before my time of the month when I’m very horny, lol (laughs).
At what age did you loose your virginity?
Lol (laughs). I lost my virginity at age 14; I didn’t really enjoy sex at that age, I just had sex at that time because I figured that’s what I was supposed to do. (Laughs)
What’s your favorite sex position and why?
This is one of Garrison Hawk's best videos, which revolved around the drug game, and the roles of the traffickers and the police in it. The videos kicks off with Garrison Hawk, dressed in a dapper suit, and standing in a square of light in grungy building smoking a cigar, then segues to a black and white scene with him seated on a stool in front of a rickety building, while a few thugs mug for the camera. Other scenes show him deejaying in front of a pier perhaps, Miami, FL. and leaning against a container in what could be a storage area of a wharf/ scenes with men packing garbage bags on waiting boat while Garrison Hawk insists:
"We believe in gangsta for life
Wish I could sleep through these nights
Many jeepers and creepers and blood-seekers in the nights…"
The storyline of the video appears to be a sting operation being conducted by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco& Firearms and Explosives) which is trying to apprehend Garrison Hawk. However, he seems to always be one step ahead of them as they raid building, question possible suspects (one of whom is Mastadon from RETV) before he is finally apprehended on the pier.
The video has cinematic feel to it as jay will delivers the goods yet again.
By: Ralston Barrett
Without a doubt Little Hero is always a crowd pleaser, armed with a barrage of popular tunes such as "Inna Di Ghetto", "The Prayer", "Freedom", "No More War", "Prayer Time" & his monster hi