The excitement is intensifying for the Sting Boxing Day showdown at Jamworld as the event’s promoter, Supreme Promotions, headed by Isaiah Laing, unveils its official poster.
The chosen acts to bring fireworks on the Magnum Sting stage have been revealed. This year’s theme, ‘Two mega shows, one night’ highlights the best of dancehall and reggae and comprises: the ‘Rapture Rematch’, Who’s Bad, Electronic Dancehall, Just Dance, The Fabulous Five and Fire at midnight.
The reggae show includes with Capleton’s ‘Fire at midnight’. Tarrus Riley, Etana, I-Wayne, Kabaka Pyramid, Ikaya, Teflon, Droop Lion and Nature are among the reggae performers who will carry the flaming torch until 2 a.m. The Electronic Dancehall segment that includes performances by Zhavea and Orisha Sound, will then provide the interlude before the hardcore dancehall presentation.
A $1.5m prize will be on the table for the ‘Rapture Rematch’ featuring the reigning clash champion, Blak Ryno and the two-time title holder, KipRich. “This rematch is in high demand. A lot of patrons want to see the result; if KipRich was prepared for Ryno,” said Heavy-D, director at Supreme Promotions.
KipRich is already in lyrical war mode based on Duppy Walk, which he released earlier this week. Gage and Tommy Lee Sparta appear to be under the same spell, launching lyrical attacks at each other with fresh diss tracks. Both are expected to settle the score and prove, ‘Who’s Bad’. Gully Bop the man of the moment is firing shots and ready to take on anyone including the don gorgon, Ninja Man. Will Ninja accept his challenge? .
Patrons will also know the outcome of the Aidonia, Masicka feud. The newcomer has been bragging about his lyrical prowess and is eager to finish Aidonia and his JOP crew.
The dancehall show will also feature the “fabulous five”: Ishawna, Stylish, Tiana, Konfydence and Destiny Sparta. The dancers have a similar responsibility. Ding Dong, Chi Ching Ching and Quick Cook will bring the dancing fever. Demarco, Ryme Minista and Kalado are among other major acts for the Dancehall show.
Magnum Sting 2014 is now one of the most talked about events of the year.
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Buju Banton will have to wait until next year to hear if he will get a new trial.
Following arguments in the Home Circuit court, Buju and his legal team may have to wait until February next year for a response.
Buju Banton’s attorney, Charles Ogletree made key statements in the Circuit Court in Atlanta Georgia on Thursday in a bid to grant the Gargamel a new trial.
In a Music News exclusive, Charles Ogletree says they are hoping that the judge will grant the reversal creating the opportunity for a new trial.
If the reversal is granted, this would be Buju’s second attempt for justice following a mistrial.
Buju Banton who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United States for his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine is scheduled for a 2019 release.
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James police have released the identity of the gunman who was shot and killed after he wounded nightclub operator and dancehall promoter Corey Todd on Thursday morning.
The deceased has been identified as Corey Grant, 29, unemployed of 2 Warehouse Avenue, Kingston 2.
The police recovered a Glock 17 9mm pistol from the body of Grant.
Reports are that about 5:00 am, Todd, who operates the Taboo Nightclub in Fairview, St James, was closing the facility when he was shot in his arm by Grant.
The police said a licensed firearm holder, who was in the company of Todd during the attack, challenged Grant who was shot and killed.
The police are now seeking a motorcyclist who is believed to have been the accomplice of Todd’s attacker, but sped away after the nightclub operator was shot.
No motive has been established for the attack.
— Horace Hines
INFLUENTIAL disc jockey Ron Muschette is no longer with radio station IRIE FM. He resigned yesterday “with immediate effect”.
No reason was given for the resignation but Muschette, 41, said there is no animosity between himself and the station that helped make him one of local entertainment’s biggest names.
Muschette joined the all-reggae station in 1999 and hosted the widely-popular Wake-Up Call, which airs from 6:00 am to 10:00 am on weekdays.
“I’m grateful for my time at IRIE FM and for all the wonderful experiences it brought. I was able to travel the world and be recognised for my talent. That is an inspiration in itself and I will be forever thankful,” Muschette said in a release.
Muschette, who is from Westmoreland, started his career as a Barry G (former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation disc jockey Barry Gordon) sound-alike at an in-house radio station while working as an entertainment coordinator at Sandals Montego Bay .
After going to IRIE FM in 1999, he quickly established himself as one of local radio’s top announcers, playing a number of pre-release songs by top artistes.
Muschette is the second top disc jockey to leave a leading radio station in a matter of weeks. Jerry ‘Jerry D’ Davey was sacked by the RJR Communications Group in November
HIGH-RIDING dancehall deejay Alkaline will not be at this year’s staging of Sting scheduled for Jamworld Entertainment Complex in Portmore, St Catherine, on December 26.
According to his management team, the artiste has an overseas gig for that date.
“As a result of a prior engagement overseas, the artiste will be unable to attend this year staging of Sting. He apologies to all his fans for his absence and looks forward to pleasing them at next year’s staging,” read a statement, in response to the Jamaica Observer’s queries.
— Richard Johnson
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