SIMPSON BAY–The line-up for the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily being filled with top musical acts. Saturday, March 4, will feature top reggae sensation Collie Buddz as the final performance of the evening on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay.
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He began his musical career at an early age while growing up in the Bahamas where he was inspired by the sounds of the reggae and dancehall music of his island home. His rise to musical stardom began surprisingly in the UK and Europe with his hit single “Come Around” which topped the charts before it made its way to Jamaica. Since breaking onto the scene Buddz has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé to bring his smooth sounds and upbeat rhythms to the masses.
Regatta Coordinator Nila Hoogenboezem said: “We are delighted with the artistes scheduled for the Regatta weekend. We try to offer the Regatta fans a mix of performances to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes and adding Collie Buddz to the line-up has added a nice mix of reggae to an already exciting schedule.
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“Collie Buddz is slated to perform after the Antiguan sensation Asher Otto takes the stage. Both artistes will bring a great Caribbean mix to the party schedule and with the added surprises planned we are sure that the audience will walk away from the show fully satisfied.”
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LONDON, England, Wednesday January 18, 2017 – Fresh from landing a slew of nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards and the fourth annual iHeart Radio Music Awards, Barbados’ superstar Rihanna and Jamaica’s dancehall sensation Sean Paul have done the Caribbean proud again with several nods at the forthcoming BRIT Awards.
Rihanna, the only Caribbean national to gain a nomination as a solo artist at the British awards, was nominated in the International Female Solo Artist category. She was in good company, moreover, with fellow nominees including Beyonce and her younger sister Solange.
Rihanna was also recognized for her collaboration with Calvin Harris on the Taylor Swift-penned This Is What You Came For in both the Best British Single and British Artist Video of the Year categories.
Sean Paul was recognized for his collaboration with Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie on Rockabye in both the British Single and Video of the Year categories.
The Jamaican Cheap Thrills hitmaker also received a nod for his collaboration with Little Mix on Hair in the Video of the Year category.
The Brits will be broadcast live on February 22.
DANCEHALL artiste Mavado has responded to a recent petition to have him deported from the United States.
In an exclusive with the Jamaica Observer, Mavado — whose given name is David Brooks — said a former business associate is behind the scheme.
“Is somebody that used to work with me. Me find out him no real and let him go, so a fi him way dis to get back at me. I don’t know if him create the page or ask someone to do it, but he is the mastermind behind everything,” said Mavado.
The singjay, however, declined to name the former associate.
Created on the White House’s website on Sunday by Maryland resident Trudy A Miller, the petition stated that the dancehall entertainer is a non-residing felon living in the USA. It further stated that it is “grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with no serious criminal records are deported daily, while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here”.
So far, fewer than 10 persons have signed the petition.
Mavado said this is not the first time that his reputation and music career have been attacked by this individual.
“This individual has contacted several media outlets and told them that I had limited amount of days to leave the States, among a bunch of other things; all of which are lies,” he said.
The singjay said he has contracted the services of an immigration attorney, who is handling the matter.
“I have been living here [the United States] for three years. My wife and two of my kids are Americans and I have never committed a crime here. All I am doing is spending time with my family while doing music,” he said.
A member of DJ Khaled’s We the Best Music Group, Mavado said he is busy working on his upcoming 16-track album slated to be released in May.
On Thursday the singjay released I Ain’t Going Back Broke, a collaboration with hip-hop artistes Ace Hood and Future.
A mixtape entitled The Hands of the Gully God will also be released in two weeks. – Jamaican Observer
JAMAICA – USA – Since January 2, sound systems selectors in New York, USA have been enthusiastically pitting their talents against each other as they vie for the first annual Octane Cup.
The inaugura Octane Cup, a competition sponsored by high-riding dancehall singjay, I-Octane, in association with King Fargo Entertainment and Sound clash Fridays, is being held inside Club Freeze, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.
The keenly contested event has steadily gained momentum and fans have been taken on an exciting musical journey through reggae, dancehall and pop music. The format of the competition is that eachFriday,three sounds have a play-off which is judged by the guidelines set out by the committee in addition to crowd response.
It continues every FridayuntilJanuary 30,at which time the winning sound will receive the trophy, presented by I-Octane himself.
According to King Fargo, “The Octane Cup ‘tun up’! It’s loud. We have been having a wonderful time celebrating the skills of the selectors as they pull out all the stops to make sure that their time at the turntable is memorable. We have to commend I-Octane for sponsoring this competition and for showing so much interest in the weekly outcomes.”
So far, six sounds have been played – Trendsetters, King Ramsey and Superforce in the first week, and Generationz, One Don and Brimstone Gold last Friday.
“We have three more weeks and nine more sounds, and everybody is on edge,” King Fargo stated.
An upbeat I-Octane said that he was more than happy to sponsor the competition, whose cup is named in his honour. “The sound system is, and has always been, an integral part of the building and shaping of our music, from the days of ska, right up to the present,” the popular artiste stated in a release.
He further said; “So this is Team I-Octane’s way of paying tribute to the sound system. We all grew up listening to the sounds blaring in our ears and ‘rinsing’ out the latest tunes. Every artiste knows the thrill of driving through an area and, just by chance, hearing the sound system playing your own song. So big respect to every selector and sound man and may the best sound win.”
Meanwhile, I-Octane’s team has been busy in the streets promoting two of his latest singles Call Me Overand the Seanizzle-producedWine And Ride that have already showed great potential.
The charmingly provocative video for Call Me Over was premiered recently on influential urban website Vibe, to excellent reviews. Kevin ‘Killavision’ Allen directed the video with Ross Lavine of Rkade Media creating the animated lyrics. Creative Director for the video is The Parris Agency. – The Jamaican Star
SXM \ HILVERSUM–Dr. Rum, the artiste name of St. Maarten rapper Jernaldo Thielman, and his partner April made it to the semi finals of the popular talent show The Voice of Holland. Their performance on Friday was a big success and they scored the highest amount of public votes.
Dr. Rum (24) and April (27) had the honour of being the opening act during Friday’s live show of The Voice of Holland on RTL with their two-minute version of the song “Billionaire,” originally of American recording artiste Travie McCoy, featuring Bruno Mars.
April sang the first part after which Dr. Rum made his entry being pushed onto the stage on a green sofa chair by two ladies. Dr. Rum, dressed in a funky US $100 bill suit, did his part dancing along with a set of professional dancers, and at one point even walked into the audience.
The duet got the audience, which included family and friends, crazy. People were clapping and dancing. The team leaders of the show got up from their chairs and swung along. April and Dr. Rum got a standing ovation from the audience. TV viewers at home loved them too because they got the highest number of public votes, cast via the app, sms or telephone.
Dutch rapper Ali B., April and Dr. Rum’s team leader, said in his live comments right after the performance that he was very proud. “This was so great. Really!” He complimented Dr. Rum for having grown over the different shows, since the first blind auditions. “Nobody at the time knew where this was going. But you have shown us that you are good. You bring a lot of happiness, not only here but also at home.”
Team leader Trijntje Oosterhuis said April and Dr. Rum radiated energy and positivism, the performance being natural, without the nervousness that many other talent show candidates displayed. “It instantly got 10 degrees warmer here,” she said.
April and Dr. Rum will go on to the semi finals, along with seven other candidates. During the semi finals this Friday four candidates will be sent home. Four candidates will go on to the finals the week after.
“It felt so amazing. I didn’t expect this. I am so grateful,” Dr. Rum told The Daily Herald on Sunday. “We worked really hard to get here. As I said before, any next performance has to be better than the one before,” he said.
About Friday’s performance, Dr. Rum said: “April was able to shine with her beautiful voice, and I could rap and dance. I was in my comfort zone. This is my thing. I truly enjoyed it, even more so than the previous performances.”
The past weeks have been like a roller coaster for the St. Maarten born rapper who moved to the Netherlands five years ago to study music and producing at the Albeda College in Rotterdam. “It has been crazy, a whole lot of emotions. People recognise me now in the supermarket and train. They want to take photos with me. People stare at you. It took me some time to get accustomed to it,” he said. The Voice of Holland is viewed by some 2.5 million people each week.
Dr. Rum and April, as well as the other candidates, have been training several days a week. “It is getting more intense now. What can I say, it is really a dedication.”And the next show? “I really don’t know. You can’t predict these things, but don’t forget that I won already by coming this far.” – The Daily Herald
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JAMAICA – KipRich’s babymother and up-and-coming dancehall artiste Miss Chin has confirmed that a photo recently released on social media with her having sex was taken from her phone without her consent.
According to the artiste, persons have been saying she released the picture deliberately; however, she would never do such thing. The deejay explained that her phone and handbag were stolen recently and that the culprits are responsible for releasing the photo.
“I have learnt my lesson from this experience and I won’t be recording or taking certain pictures on my phone again because this a mash up business. I do music but this does not have anything to do with my career. How could I ever be comfortable with pictures like that on the Internet? Right now I have not even eaten from morning, the way mi shock,” she said.
Miss Chin is offering to pay for the return of the cell phone, fearing other sexual images might be released.
“I will pay for the return of my phone. If you a sell the phone just sell it nuh, why do you feel the need to share my personal belonging with the world … that is so unnecessary,” she said seemingly upset.
Miss Chin found out about the disturbing images when people began to call her business place with complaints. She also revealed her sex partner in the photo was dancehall artiste Ikon D Link, known for his suicidal stunt at Zip FM earlier this year.
When contacted, Ikon D Link told THE STAR that he had nothing to do with the release of the pictures.
“People quick to say Ikon released the pictures because mi climb Zip FM tower, so they see me as that type of person. But mi wouldn’t do that because right now those pictures mash up mi life, all mi babymother and mi inna problem because of them,” he said. – The Star