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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.

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.

Mavado talks in-depth about Bounty Killer feud

Mavado has sent some stinging words in the direction of Bounty Killer, speaking in depth about his feud with his ex-mentor for the first time.by Jodee Brown

Dancehall star, Mavado has opened up about his ongoing feudwith former mentor and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, claiming a lack of respect, among other things have cause the falling out between the two deejays.

Mavado appeared on CVM’s OnStage talk show, aired Saturday night, speaking from the We The Best Music Group headquarters about the issues between himself and Bounty. In the interview,Mavado held nothing back, joking that Bounty must be ‘mixing Hennessey with crack,’ after questioning his loyalty to the Allianceand calling him a ‘sellout,’ saying he’s always shown his ex-mentor respect.

“Mi stand up beside yuh straight and mi show yuh loyalty and respect straight, everywhere inna di world mi go, mi she big up Killa when yuh nah dweet,” he said. “How Killa fi get up and she mi nuh show loyalty and who sellout. Weh u mean by dat Killa? A your actions mek we inna da spot hah today.”

Mavado then brought up the fatal shooting outside the QUADnightclub in Kingston in 2011, outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party, which claimed the life of his best friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards.He says Bounty acted disloyal in the first place by having the party at a club which was partially owned by then rival deejay, Vybz Kartel. However, his biggest gripe remains that Bounty never sent condolences to him about his loss, instead blaming him for ruining his party.

“After what happen at the club, Killa still couldn’t tell mi condolences fi mi friend,” he said. “Him couldn’t look pon mi fren mother, daughter, family and seh simple condolences, and remember she is a ute weh u know too,” saying Bounty used to have Edwards run errands for him and even hung out with him and Mavado the week before the shooting.

Following a slew of diss songs Bounty Killer aimed at Mavado, the ‘Gully Gaad’ maintained that the songs were not up to par, saying Bounty sounded ‘hungry’ more than angry. He even said he went to great lengths to defend his then mentor, but never felt he got enough credit for it.

“Me a di defending champion fi di Alliance, when you nah do nutten, when a man a diss you to the last ground and you couldn’t defend yuhself. Mi loyal to the Alliance weh mi help mek.”

Not only did Mavado speak openly about his issues with Bounty, he took shots at former Alliance teammate, Busy Signal, who he called an ‘idiot’ and ‘Gary Reanno Gordon,’ in reference to Busy’s hit One More Night in which some music listeners said Busy mentioned ‘Gary’ in the song.

“Oooh, mi sell platinum and this and that. 30,000 streaming inna Europe. Platinum? Yuh a gwaan like yuh sell a million copy Busy. Stop talk and top gwaan suh Busy,” Mavado said in response to Bumaye, Busy’s single with Major Lazer which went platinum in Denmark.

“Yuh nah no street cred Busy. We nuh see yuh no weh. How yah talk bout ‘di General, di General,’ and nobody nuh see yuh and Killa a par fi years now,” he added, which also calling Busy an imitation of legendary artists Shabba Ranksand Terror Fabulous.

Meanwhile, We The Best Music Group founder, DJ Khaled also spoke on the Bounty-Mavado feud, tellingOnStage, “Mavado is my friend and I heard things in the street that there is a little vibe going on… But at the end of the day Mavado will tell you I am always going to promote love and promote peace and I am always going to promote positivity because that is what a real friend is going to do.”

He also hopes for a future peace collaboration between Bounty and Mavado, writing on his Instagram page, “Everyone always ask me what’s a collaboration u would love to make happen. I tell the world I would love to make a rec wit @mavadogully @grunggaadzilla ! Jamaica STAND UP! #Alliance #wethebest the people the streets want to see this happen!! I’m going go hard and find away to make it happen !!! Jah know!!!!”

Watch the full OnStage interview with Mavado here: http://www.youtube.com/user/OnstageTVJamaica/videos

 

Tess is the best – Jamaican singing sensation takes home ‘The Voice crown

It is fitting that Tessanne Chin’s handle on the popular picture-sharing website, Instagram is ‘TheBesTess,’ because after pulling off one of the most incredible renditions of a Whitney Houston song in recent memory and showing exemplary humility throughout her run onThe Voice, she has painted an image of excellence and grace that has ever graced a talent show stage.

That image is now worth a lot more than 1,000 words, as the 28-year-old Jamaican singer took home the title on the season five finale of the American talent show on Tuesday night, pocketing US$100,000 and a recording contract with a major U.S. label. The result, which also made Adam Levine the winning coach on the show, was confirmed following a two-hour season finale, featuring a number of performances including all the season’s contestants, as well as guest performances by the likes of Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo, Paramore and many more.

The standout performance of the night, however, was from Tessanne, who received the opportunity to sing with legendary singer and idol, Celine Dion, causing her to hysterically burst into tears as she tried to channel the shock. That nervous energy, however, was translated into the typical vocal brilliance she displayed throughout the competition, performing Love Can Move Mountainsalongside the Grammy-winning musician, with both clearly enjoying themselves and giving a display of pure musical talent.

As surprising as that performance was, it was a fitting follow-up to her final live performance show set on Monday night, as she competed against eventual runner-up, Jacqueline Lee and second runner-up, Will Champlin for top spot on The Voice. After singing her rendition of the song which got her in the competition in the first place – Pink’s Try – and performing a sumptuous duet of The Beatles’ Let It Be with Levine,Chin was handed the toughest of tests – Whitney Houston’s classic, I Have Nothing.

Given Houston was one of the greatest singers to ever grace the world, Chin would no doubt be judged by the highest of standards by music lovers and judges alike. But after showing fluency and vocal clarity that few singers possess, Tessanne not only performed to that standard, but had the audience and judges in shock, wondering if she had a ceiling, as Levine pointed out during his post-performance commentary.It was the stuff of legend that even had the likes of Piers Morgan speaking Jamaican patois and later earned her asecond straight number one on the overall iTunes chart.

Locals packed Half-Way-Tree in Kingston during the finale, reminiscent of last year’s Olympic Games in London, and erupted with joy and relief once Tessanne’s name was announced, and everyone from top local musicians, media personnel and high ranking politicians congratulated her from her efforts.

Where Tessanne Chin will go from here is unknown and how Jamaican music will capitalize on this victory remains unclear, but those pictures will be painted over time, everyone can only hope this artist continues to create masterpieces as her career blossoms.