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.

Alkaline, I-Octane to headline Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014

Dancehall stars, Alkaline and I-Octane are two of the headline names set to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2014by Jodee Brown

Hailed as one of the most lyrical and controversial Dancehall artists in recent memory, emerging Jamaican deejay, Alkaline will be one of the headliners of this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest, according to reports Wednesday.

The artist, known for hits such as Church Folks, Moving Mountains and Lonely, is making his second appearance at the highly-acclaimed show, debuting last year on Dancehall Night to relative approval.

Also billed for Reggae Sumfest 2014 is Dancehall/Reggae powerhouse, I-Octane, who closed Dancehall Night at last year’s edition of the popular stage show. Octane continues to dominate local charts this year with songs such as Trend Setta and Crausis while currently promoting his latest album, My Journey, which includes the hits Love You Like I Do and Lighters Up (feat. Alaine).

Other big names expected to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage include Mr. Vegas, who recently scored with his hit, Party Tun Up (feat. Sean Paul and Fatman Scoop) as well as fellow deejay Spice, who recently collaborated with hip-hop superstar, Busta Rhymes on the remix of her So Mi Like It single.

Popular deejays, Aidonia, QQ, Assassin and respected singjay, Bugle have also been confirmed for this year’s show.

Reggae Sumfest organizers say that they are in the process of recruiting bigger names for the show, but have not revealed who those names are.

Some big names outside of the Dancehall arena that have been confirmed for the show include season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, American hip-hop superstar, Wiz Khalifa as well as Reggae superstars, Chronixx, Jah Cure and Sanchez.

Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place from July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Early bird tickets are now available on Reggae Sumfest’s official website.

The show is being sponsored by The Gleaner Company Ltd., Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Pepsi, Secrets and IRIE FM.

Jamaican YouTube sensation, Rosie to feature on new single

Rosie1by Jodee Brown

Rosie, Jamaica’s latest YouTube sensation, will once again seek to capitalize on her new found fame as she has joined forces with Dancehall star, QQ on a new single aptly titled, Tutty Gran Wine, according to reports Wednesday.

Since an interview of her speaking on the recent flooding situation at her Kingston 13 home went viral last month, Rosie has won the admiration of countless Jamaicans by coining phrases such as ‘Tutty Gran,’ ‘Call Di Contractah’ and ‘We Need Justice.’ A remix of Rosie’s interview, done by Kevin ‘DJ Powa’ Hamilton was done shortly thereafter, garnering her instant popularity as she did a number of television and radio spots while also voicing dub plates for numerous disc jockeys within a matter of days.

Now, Rosie will make a foray into the music industry as she has teamed up with QQ to create the Tutty Gran Wine and record a single by the same name. QQ, known for his recent hit single, Ghetto Gal posted an Instagram video late last week, showing Rosie in-studio rotating her head as she talks about their new song.

QQ recently confirmed to the Jamaica STAR that collaboration between he and Rosie was in the works, “I thought it was something that I could do with her so she could get some earnings and bring some longevity when the clip gets old.”

According to QQ, the move is similar to the infamous Dutty Wine which became popular in 2006 but will allow Rosie put her own spin on things.

“I know it’s going to be very soon ’cause the aim is to keep it relevant. We don’t want to wait till it’s played out,” QQ told the STAR. “The public can expect something fun and something they can enjoy. I think this song is giving her justice and she a get her shine.”

Rosie appears to be following the footsteps of another Jamaican YouTube sensation, Clifton ‘Cliff-Twang’ Brown, who became famous for his Nobody Canna Cross It interview and later recorded two singles: Wat If Mi Frass and Education Is The Key in an attempt to build on his fame.

Like Cliff-Twang, Rosie made an appearance on this year’s Reggae Sumfest bill as she opened for the ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw during Dancehall Night on July 25.