For more than two years, dancer OvaMarz has been off the scene. However, with the return of a dancing craze, he is back with a new dance move called ‘Hot Rice’.
OvaMarz gained popularity with dance moves like ‘Nuh Linga’, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Nuh Behavia’. Two years ago, however, he said he took a break from dancehall.
“I have just been taking a break and sorting out the business aspect of it… family and responsibilities. Dancing is a cycle, and I wasn’t getting a whole heap of support where we as dancers are concerned,” he told THE STAR.
“Since dancing is back in the forefront, so my Above A Dem Squad, we out again and putting in the work.”
While the time off from dancing was used to improve his personal life, OvaMarz said it also had its negatives.
“It was good and bad because out of sight and people wondering where I was. It’s been over two years,” he said.
But when he attended Uptown Mondays earlier this week, he said he received a warm welcome and his ‘Hot Rice’ dance move got a positive reception.
“I don’t know who the person that was videoing me and put it up and it tek over the whole Internet. It was a good feeling to see my co-workers and everybody a greet me. And to see the comments on the video, I almost break down in tears,” he said, noting that he also did the Hot Rice song that features Faydra.
With ‘Hot Rice’ now in the public domain, OvaMarz said it is a dance move that he believes the general public will gravitate towards.
“Mi dance, mi nuh move. Everybody can move, but me dance. I keep it dancehall, authentic. I build dance with substance, that’s just me. Me build dance fi it hot, that’s why it name ‘Hot Rice’,” OvaMarz said.
“Hot Rice is not too hard, and it is not too easy … people can catch onto it. My dance dem haffi have that neatness and that groove.”
FAST-RISING dancehall deejay Gage said while he has never encountered any objections to his performances in other Caribbean countries, protesters should know it’s ‘role play’.
“At the end of the day, an artiste is just taking on a character. It’s just music. The characters we play are sometimes different from who we really are. I don’t like the ban and the protest because we don’t see them banning movies. However, there are rules everywhere and it is their country,” he said.
Earlier this year, controversial dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta was barred from entering Dominica while religious groups in St Kitts & Nevis and Antigua & Barbuda protested Alkaline’s performance in their country.
Gage, 24, whose given name is Ryan Douglas, is known for hard-core and edgy lyrics. His recent looks bear an uncanny similarity to incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.
Gage has done shows in Costa Rica, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.
“I never changed tune when I am performing outside of Jamaica. The audience loves the slackness. They probably just don’t like the ‘devilish’ music and appearance,” he surmised.
The deejay said from what he sees Caribbean people love dancehall music.
“The other islands appreciate dancehall music more than Jamaica. As the saying goes: the grass is always greener on the other side,” he said.
Gage recounts a recent visit to Guyana.
“The crowd could be compared to that of Sting. I was slated to close the event. There were several local acts on the line-up, one of whom decided to throw a few lyrical blows at me and he was booed and bottled by his own people. That alone shows how committed these people are to dancehall music,” he said.
Gage is managed by Dutty Fridaze Promotions, a company owned by West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle. His tracks include In Deh, Burning Son, Kitty Kat, Hey Mama, and Candy Man.
– Simone Morgan
Source: Jamaica Observer
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According to the artiste, who is now covered in tattoos and has bleached his skin, persons assume that he is trying to look like his mentor Vybz Kartel, however, he is simply being himself, though he is definitely inspired by the incarcerated deejay.
“Mi just get tired of the hair and decide sey mi a guh whol ‘a trim. Dem sey mi a di dead stamp a Worl’ Boss, but mi nuh really business because Vybz Kartel is a great artiste suh to me nothing nuh wrong wid dat,” he said.
The artiste said Tommy Lee Sparta and Alkaline are also influenced by Vybz Kartel, however, the latter refuses to admit.
“Some man just deny it, but whether some man want to deny it or believe it a Vybz Kartel a run di place and all a wi influenced by him. That is Vybz Kartel, give him his respect where respect is due,” Gage said.
The Throat deejay is also looking to take part in his debut clash at Sting this year. He promised to battle any recording artiste brave enough to put up a challenge.
“I am ready for the clash, I don’t care who dem send to clash mi at Sting, mi ready fi di war. Mi ready fi anyone a dem, tell Laing and Heavy D fi send dem come. Mi wi clash all Laing and Heavy if a dat dem want,” he continued.
“When December 26 come, someone will be crying and I know it won’t be Gage. Tell Alkaline, Tommy Lee, Rhyme Minista, mi ready fi dem and anybody else who want to clash mi. I am ready,” he said.
The deejay, who recently performed in Guyana, released the video for Hot Chick, produced by Dutty Fridaze Promotion. The video, filmed during his recent tour of Canada, premieres tomorrow on local tv.
“I am heading to Costa Rica for a show Saturday (tomorrow.) I have to big up my hard working team for keeping my career on a high level. Big-up Dutty Fridaze Promotion and Platinum Camp,” said Gage, who is to film the video for Rock To The Bar.
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