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Nikki Z to host U.S. based Dancehall talent competition

Dancehall Got Talent, the first North American talent show solely based on Dancehall and Dancehall themes, will be coming to the airwaves in the near future.

Dancehall Got Talent, the first North American talent show solely based on Dancehall and Dancehall themes, will be coming to the airwaves in the near future.

Popular media personality and disc jock, Nikki Z is set to host and co-produced the first televised Dancehall talent show in North America as Dancehall Got Talent is expected to hit the airwaves in the near future, according to reports Tuesday.

The show, produced by LA Wright and Kevin Beswick, is aimed at unearthing deejays and dancers based in the U.S. and promoting them worldwide. Dancehall Got Talent is scheduled to being airing in October and will be broadcast via OmniPresent Media (OPM) while the show will be streamed on Roku and can be watched on Apple TV, Xbox 360, iTunes and various other digital outlets.

A release issued by producers of the show intimated that the new show will enable the growth of Dancehall internationally.

“Dancehall Got Talent’s mission is to break down the walls and prejudices that have prevented the growth and development of the genre, while catapulting new artistes in dancehall to the mainstream,” the release said, while Nikki Z added, “For me, this is what I have been working for most of my career. The chance to really show how powerful and how magical the reggae dancehall culture is. The good, bad and ugly. To be an executive producer on such an historic adventure is something I can’t translate into words. This is just the beginning of much more to come – proves that belief in self is so important.”

The winning deejay of Dancehall Got Talent will receive US$5,000, a recording contract and global distribution deal while the victorious dance group will be brought back as the official dance crew for season two.

Dancehall diva, Timberlee along with recording artist, Ed Robinson, fashion expert and entrepreneur Dougie Platinum and IRIE Jam radio personality, DJ Roy will be the show’s judges while guest judge appearances and cameos are expected from acts such as Beenie Man, Mavado, Samantha J, Ce’Cile, Ace Hood, Danielle DI, Kes The Band and more.

The first open audition for Dancehall Got Talent will take place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY this Friday while registrations for said auditions will be closed on Sept. 1. For those interested in auditioning, call 347-502-8310, email dancehallgottalent@gmail.com or visit the official Dancehall Got Talent website here for more information.

Dancehall, Reggae and soca stars set to hit 106 and Park stage tomorrow

BET's 106 and Park will feature a special Caribbean-themed episode of the countdown show on August 27, featuring Gyptian, Elephant Man, Bunji Garlin and more

BET’s 106 and Park will feature a special Caribbean-themed episode of the countdown show on August 27, featuring Gyptian, Elephant Man, Bunji Garlin and more

by Jodee Brown

BET’s hit countdown show, 106 & Park will get another injection of Jamaican culture this coming Wednesday as a myriad of Dancehall, Reggae and Soca acts are set to perform at the show and do interviews.

On the lineup are Reggae/Dancehall superstars, Gyptian, Wayne Marshall and Elephant Man, who performed at last year’s BET Awards, as well as One Drop singer, QQ, emerging newcomer, Kranium as well as Soca superstars, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. Also featured on the show will be A$AP Ferg, known for his single, Shabba, a hip-hop ode of sorts to Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks.

Garlin confirmed the news via his Twitter account, saying, “Everything packed and ready to step over to 106 and Park. Get ready to see the performances August 27th by yours truly the Vikingz and also with Fay-Ann Lyons, A$AP Ferg, Wayne Marshall, Elephant Man, Kranium, Gyptian and more. It’s the Carnival Take-over Labour Day style and it is going to be WILD. We are stepping to represent as one people for one people.”

Marshall also shared his excitement about the show via his Instagram page, “Caribbean people, we are going to be taking the music and culture to BET …we are moving together as one people. Full take-over,” while QQ confirmed during an interview aired Friday on TVJ’s Entertainment Report that he will be performing the aforementioned One Drop as well as another of his big hits, Stookie.

Last year, 106 & Park did a similar Caribbean-themed show, The Caribbean Takeover last September that featured Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder and Mr. Vegas.

Carnival Hangover Boat Ride Photos (Carnival Weekend Pt 2)

by TorontoDeejays.com Fresh Cut De Mayor hit the waters again on August 4th with CARNIVAL HANGOVER. After the Amazing Soca Reggaelution Boat Ride the previous day, the people just couldn’t get enough of the boat rocking vibes. If you were parading and partying around Toronto’s roads and clubs, you might of had fun… But you definitely missed a Soca-Reggae Tsunami on the lake. Click and view the photos below for a small sample of the Carnival Hangover Boat Ride.

 

 

‘An evening with Dennis and Friends’ to shed light on Reggae’s social impact

Lovers rock pioneer and renowned Reggae musician, Dennis Bovell will be in Toronto for an event speaking on the societal impact and development of Reggae music; featuring acclaimed dub poet, Michael St. George, cultural critic, Klive Walker & many more.

Lovers rock pioneer and renowned Reggae musician, Dennis Bovell will be in Toronto for an event speaking on the societal impact and development of Reggae music; featuring acclaimed dub poet, Michael St. George, cultural critic, Klive Walker & many more.

by Jodee Brown

Renowned instrumentalist, producer and lovers rock pioneer,Dennis Bovell will be making his way to Toronto in September where he will be the feature of an event centered on topics such as the evolution of Reggae music and its penchant for sparking social change.

An Evening with Dennis and Friends is set to be held on Sept. 5 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto’s Trinity Squarewhere the Britain-based Reggae maestro will join Reggae historian and author, Klive Walker and engage in conversation about said topics. Additionally, the acclaimed musician will give an acoustic performance on the night, along with the likes of accomplished performance artists such as Amina Alfred, Errol Starr Francis and Michael St. George, who will host the festivities.

St. George, a revered Jamaican dub poet who has lived in Canada for almost 25 years, and currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario, has shared stages with the likes of Burning Spear, Mutaburuka and other renowned Jamaican performers and says he is honored to host this event featuring Bovell. The two are part of a new compilation dubbed Fly Away – featuring a dozen Canadian artists – which will be launched at the event, with all proceeds going to the Turn Around Project for the Arts (TAP), a non-profit organization focused on shaping the identities of young artists, educators and leaders.

“Looking at where Dennis has journeyed with his music and the techniques that he has used to brand [Reggae] in the U.K. and what he has done within the industry; there’s something to recognize and something that contribute to where we are in Canada at the moment,” St. George said from Fullstride Sounds, a studio he operates in Hamilton. “He [Bovell] has contributed to a compilation that is a part of that whole journey of Canadian Reggae music.”

St. George says An Evening with Dennis and Friends is not only about engaging a broad-scale conversation about Reggae societal influence, but also further advancing initiatives, including TAP, to further promoting the growth of Reggae in Canada.

That on many levels is connected to the opportunity to mold that whole initiative to another place,” St. George said. “That’s what we’re trying to do with the idea of the actual event.”

While in Canada, Bovell will be hosting a series of master classes from Sept. 9-11 at Full Stride Sounds, where he will be teaching the fundamentals of Reggae music, the various elements of Reggae as well as offering expert advice for aspiring musicians.

With legends such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown and several others having such profound cultural impact through their music, there’s little doubt Reggae has enacted social change and progress worldwide and, according to St. George, it continues to do so now given that younger artists uphold the values and traditions set by their predecessors in their own music.

“Within a social consciousness realm, that has been established and that will never change. A lot of the things that were written about then are still being written about now.” he said. They’ll always have something to speak to contextualize the past and also to project to the future. It’s not by accident that what is happening now is what happened with Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Jimmy Cliff. It’s a succession of things from the past and that will never change.”

An evening with Dennis and Friends is sponsored by Fullstride Sounds in collaboration with Dance Immersion. For more details on the event, visit the official Fullstride Sounds website here.

By TorontoDeejays.com

Rita Marley Foundation holds back to school fair

Highlights from the Rita Marley Foundation back-to-school fair held in the community of Standpipe on August 8.

Highlights from the Rita Marley Foundation back-to-school fair held in the community of Standpipe on August 8.

by Jodee Brown

On Friday August 8, the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) held a Back to School Fair for the children of the Standpipe Community in Kingston.

Almost 100 children from the community converged at the Standpipe Basketball Court for an afternoon of fun. The Foundation gifted everything at the fair to the kids for free. They enjoyed treats, music, rides and games.

Stephanie Marley (RMF Director) and Rosemary Duncan (RMF Manager) presented each child with Back to School supplies; including books, bags, pencil cases and other stationary. The Standpipe Community Councilor, Mr. Little, presented gift vouchers to the kids.

Parents and guardians expressed much gratitude to the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) for its generosity.

This initiative comes nearly a month after the winner of another student-friendly initiative, the inaugural Rita Marley Foundation Essay Competition was announced. Omar Ford, a 16-year-old student out of Papine High School, was named the winner of the competition, aimed at educating youth through writing and music. His essay was selected by an esteemed panel of judges: Dr. Kadamawe Knife, a lecturer at University of the West-Indies (UWI), Dr. Donna Hope, the director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies at UWI, Dr. Raymond Hitchins, an ethnomusicologist at the university as well as Dr. Leachim Semaj, with Rita Marley OD being the chief judge.

His essay was published in the newest edition of Harambe, the official Rita Marley Foundation newsletter.

Aidonia vows no more war lyrics, finds Rastafari

Aidonia says he is no longer going down the war path and is going through a spiritual journey

Aidonia says he is no longer going down the war path and is going through a spiritual journey

by Jodee Brown

Dancehall star, Aidonia says he will no longer make records preaching war or violence after insisting he has become a more spiritual person due to his growing commitment to the Rastafari movement and aims to make many more conscious songs going forward. (Click here to watch video: http://youtu.be/K8PJqFgiT7k)

Having previously proclaimed himself ‘Lord Evil,’ the hardcore deejay, known for several hit songs containing gun and war-related lyrical content, says he has slowly undergone a spiritual rebirth since the birth of his son in January of last year and will be making more songs to positively influence young people and reflect upon the happenings within society.

“At this stage in my life, I am trying to teach the youths that we don’t need anybody else to venture down that warpath because there is nothing good at the end,” Aidonia said in a statement released Thursday. “Right now, we dealing with love and unity. It’s about making music to feed yourself, feed your family and your friends, uplift yourself and everybody. I have no time to war with anybody.”

The announcement comes following recent conflicts involving fellow Dancehall artist, Masicka and clothing designer, Romiech, whose clothes he burned in an Instagram after alleging he disrespected the Run Road T-shirt line he created for him by putting one of the shirts on a goat.

In addition to his adjustments musically, he has been making small changes to his lifestyle, including cutting meat out of his diet and donning Rastafari clothing, including his getup at Reggae Sumfest 2014 when he sported a military uniform with Rastafarian symbols.

This past June, Aidonia released the conscious effort, One Heart, produced by his Jag One Production (J.O.P) label and will be shooting videos for singles such as Coco Powda and Love Off Yuh Gyal in the near future. Additionally, he plans to drop a clothing line later this summer dubbed 1Voice, including apparel for men, women and children.