Coming off an exhilarating performance in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, dancehall star Aidonia continues to up the ante on his career heading into the festive season.
The Jag One Productions (JOP) head honcho, along with members of his camp, departed the island last Wednesday for Europe where they will embark on a 20-city tour.
Commencing in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the tour is expected to last three weeks spanning 10 countries with stops in cities such as Perugia, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Rennes, Lyon, Montpellier, Geneva, Zurich, Wuppertal and Barcelona, among several others.
Despite the inclement and sometimes frigid weather conditions associated with that continent, Aidonia reassured his fans that that will not dampen his spirit in anyway, so when they come to the various concert venues they can expect nothing but a series of energy-filled action-packed shows.
“Europe has always been a place that shows Aidonia and the JOP family a lot of love. We know this time of the year can be very cold and uncomfortable, but the fans want to see us so that is enough motivation for us to make sure we go out there – be it rain, snow or sleet – to give them a 110 per cent and nothing less,” the deejay assured. “They don’t get to see us very often, therefore we have to leave them with something to remember each time we visit.”
The group returns to the island in mid-November in time to premiere a pair of videos for his street bubblers, Love Off Yuh Gyal and Ryder, both shot by accomplished director Michael ‘Bigzship’ Burbridge.
The tour comes on the heels of his One Voice Foundation and Scholarship programme launch at the Maxfield Park Primary School geared towards rendering financial assistance to students annually. Worth almost J$300,000, the scholarship focuses on five students at the grade-six level.
JA Productions artiste Blak Ryno has been granted a US work permit, giving him the opportunity to perform in the United States for the first time in five years.
“Mi just have to give thanks to God first for this opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times mi pray about this. Last year, mi ask God for three million dollars, I never knew where it would come from, and mi go Sting and beat Kiprich in the clash and get it, and this year, many times, I asked Him to clear the path for me to get back my visa, and through all the obstacles, mi hold the faith and now mi get it back,” an elated Blak Ryno said.
Blak Ryno admitted that he had to go through a lot of tribulations before he got his heart’s desire.
“God is slow, but He is sure, that’s all mi can say. Special big-ups to my management, Justus Arison, and my publicity and street team for everything that they are doing,” hesaid.
Blak Ryno has seen an upward arc in his career in recent times.He will release a video for his breakout single, Side Chick on Justus Arison’s High Life rhythm this week.
“The video looks great, the quality is great. It was a great vibe on the shoot and that comes out in the actual video, so I know dancehall fans are going to like it. The video ah go shell downtheplace,” he said.
First major success
The single could be the first major success of this new partnership as the song has been getting mainstream airplay on major radio stations. Dancehall fans love the pop-dancehall hook on the song where Ryno samples Sean Kingston’s Make Up Your Mind as he expresses his love for his girl on the side.
Ryno recently inked a distribution, booking and recording deal with JA Productions which will see him releasing his first album within the next couple of months.
“We are looking at a 14-track album which will be released later this year on iTunes. We have completed most of it so far, dancehall fans can look out for that,” he said.
A former member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire,hehas emerged as one of the most exciting acts in local dancehall since his clash victory over Kiprich at Sting 2013. He has mended a lot of fences this year, reaching out to many persons with whom he had been estranged. He reconciled with former Gaza artiste Popcaan two weeks ago endinga public feud which started almost four years ago when Blak Ryno first left the troubled Gaza camp of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel. The reconciliation had been ongoing over the past few months, but it became a matter of public record when Popcaan invited Blak Ryno onstage during Popcaan’s Where We Come From album launch last week at Triple Century Sports Bar and Grill.
“it’s a great look right now,” Ryno said.
FEMALE DANCEHALL ARTIST “ISHAWNA” SHELLING FULL BLACK 25 OCT 2014 @ LIME GOLF CLUB NEW KINGSTON, JAMAICA
Vybz Kartel – Faith – Faithful Riddim © 2014
Produced by TJ Records
AN Antiguan church minister is calling on authorities to put a ban on dancehall artiste Alkaline, who is scheduled to perform in that country on Saturday.
According to the Antiguan Observer, Bishop Charlesworth Browne, head of Christian Ministries Church, said the artiste “will bring decadence and death” to the nation.
The religious leader said he is prepared to call for a boycott of the nation’s Independence celebrations over the upcoming performance. Antigua and Barbuda celebrates independence on November 1.
“I am calling upon the rest of the Christian community to steer clear of the rest of the independence celebrations,” Bishop Browne was quoted as saying.
“If they’re going to be as corrupt and perverse as this, then I say to the Christian community, withdraw from them completely,” he continued.
Alkaline is scheduled to perform at Black Rave slated for Millers by the Sea in St John’s.
“As a leader in the Christian community, I stand opposed to any performance by this character here in Antigua & Barbuda. I believe his performances … are geared to corrupt young people, particularly young women,” ” said Bishop Browne.
Alkaline, given name is Earlan Bartley, has created an impression with both his lyrics and appearance.
His pale-bleached skin and trademark pitch black eyes, a feat he achieved by tattooing his eyeballs sets tongues wagging wherever he goes.
This is not the first time Alkaline has been met with resistance to an upcoming performance.
In July, he was barred from the Caribbean island of Nevis as the island’s premier feared the artiste could “incite lewdness” and threaten public safety.
Earlier this month, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belize, Bishop Dorrick Wright spoke out against a planned concert that the artiste was scheduled to perform.
Efforts made to contact Alkaline’s management were unsuccessful.
ZJ Wah Wa, given name Deon-ville O’Hara, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
“Mr O’Hara entered a guilty plea, pursuant to the terms of a written plea agreement,” said Clare Hochhalter, federal prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney.
“He was allowed to plead guilty to one count of telemarketing fraud and, in exchange, the United States agreed to dismiss the remaining counts of the third superseding indictment,” he continued.
Trial is set for February 23, 2015.
Hochhalter said prior to trial, the judge requested a pre-sentencing report, which comprises a character and background check of O’Hara.
“They’ll look for aggravating and mitigating circumstances,” the federal prosecutor explained.
Wah Wa is detained at the Heart of America Detention Centre in Rugby, North Dakota.
He is one of 26 people (17 Jamaicans) named as part of the ring.
Four other Americans connected with the case pleaded guilty earlier this month. They are Mikael Gillette, 24; Charles Bauder, 54; Shannon O’Connor, 30; and James Simpson, 72.
Wah Wa was arrested by United States law enforcement during a visit to Florida in May. Allegations are he assisted in running a lottery scam in Jamaica that induced American citizens to send millions of dollars for lottery winnings. The disc jock is also said to have acted as a courier to transport monies from the United States to Jamaica.
He was stopped by Jamaican customs officials at the Sangster International Airport with US$105,000 alleged to be proceeds of the scam. If convicted, ZJ Wah Wa faces a maximum 30-year imprisonment per count, a possible fine, mandatory restitution, and possible forfeiture of property.
At least 10 people over age 55 were allegedly duped.
With dance moves like ‘Syvah’, ‘Shampoo’ and ‘Kreech’ being done at every event, it is obvious that there is now a dance craze in dancehall.
And this return may have been triggered by Ding Dong’s son, Kezari.
“Him say to me, Daddy, him love fi see when mi dance, and mi should dance more. When him seh dat, it strike a chord in me. Mi tek it up pon mi initiative and seh mi ago bring back dancing to the forefront,” Ding Dong told THE STAR.
Hell-bent on coming back with a massive dance move and accompanying song, Ding Dong said he linked Ricky Blaze, who produced Syvah.
With the dance move, songs and music video ready, Ding Dong said he started a campaign in the United States in November last year. He said he later continued the promotion in Jamaica by going to events and giving the song to selectors.
“Now, the dance evolve into something totally different, it take over everything in Jamaica. Me and Ravers (Clavers) in the street every single night. We just deh pon a campaign wid it from last year, and it just really getting the break,” he said.
Based on how well ‘Syvah’ has been doing, Ding Dong said he wanted to make sure dancing remained at the forefront of dancehall.
“When I did ‘Syvah’, I didn’t want people to feel like is just one dance, so I said I am going to flood the market with dancing,” he said.
Now, Ding Dong says he also has another move called ‘Shampoo’, while Kreecha has done one called ‘Kreech’, with Bling Dawg recording a song for it. He said there is also ‘Duh Di Right Tiing’, that was done by Mundo Ravers, and an accompanying song of the same name from Elephant Man.
“I want anywhere Bogle deh, him just a smile and seh, you doing a good job. The door is open right now. We (dancers) have the attention of everybody. So as a dancer, you want to create a move weh everybody can do and everybody can enjoy,” Ding Dong said, adding that the public can learn new moves by following his Instagram page, @dingdongravers.
But Ding Dong is not the only one bit by the dancing bug, as Elephant Man is also pleased with the return of dancing.
“It give me a good feeling to see everybody dancing. With the dancehall, the more people dance, the happier people are. Dancing is back, and the party is back, so December is going to be a good look,” he said.
And Chi Ching Ching is also doing a new move he created called ‘Way Up Stay Up’, for which he has also done a song on Chimney Records’ ‘Happy Hour’ rhythm.
“Dancing is very important to dancehall from day one. Words can’t express how I feel about dancing rising back. From dancing rise back, Bogle rise back,” he told THE STAR.
Voicemail’s Kevin Blair is also pleased with this new dance craze, and his group has also added to the mix with by doing songs like Step, Shampoo, Balance, and Way Up Deh, which are all names of dance moves.
“The craze is back. The ladies are out killing it, and the men are back at it. There are many new dance moves, and it makes the dancehall nice,” he said.
In a previous interview with THE STAR, Bling Dawg also declared that this will be a very happy Christmas season.
“To me, it is a dancing December. The war thing nah cut it now, people just need something fi tek dem mind off of stress. A happy time,” he said.
Controversial dancehall artiste Alkaline has received his United States travelling rights and will perform in the United States for the first time in December.
Several of dancehall’s most popular artistes are currently without US visas and have been restricted to performing in the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. However Alkaline has escaped the pack and will perform alongside Mavado in New York at Club Amazura on Friday, December 19, 2014.
Alkaline’s publicist, Kymona, told The STAR that the artiste picks his associates carefully and aims to stay out of unnecessary trouble. She also says despite the artiste’s controversial image, the team was confident that he would have received his visa, because he has travelled to several countries without causing problems.
“We weren’t nervous about it. He has been travelling to other countries and we are pleased that the embassy has made it so that we can perform in that region. His fans are pleased and they are eager to see him in the US,” Kymona said.
The publicist also disclosed that unlike some artistes who have attracted conflicts with the law due to their sometimes mischievous entourage, Alkaline has managed to control his associates. She says the deejay only associates with positive influences.
“We try to curb or cut down conflicts, so our entourage does not get in trouble with the law. It is about the influence and who you associate yourself with. The artiste is also knowledgeable of what is acceptable or not. So it’s not only a management thing, the artiste knows he has a responsibility and that the music business is a job, so there are levels to that we use to deal with people,” she said.
Kymona says US-based promoters have been extending several invitations for the artiste to perform. The deejay is also working on a new EP.
Support his family
“Right now we are swamped, we have crazy bookings,” she said.
Alliance Next Generation artiste Iyara also received his travelling recently and has already made debut performances in the US.
There are currently 10 popular dancehall artistes without United States Visas. Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta used his performance at 2013′s Sting to appeal to the US to provide him with a visa, so that he can work to support his family.
“Anybody wey work a di embassy … mi want a visa fi mek some money and mek mi youth dem alright. Every artiste deserve a visa; a music wi pree … mi sey uncle demon, but that was a phase,” Tommy Lee Sparta said during his performance.
Music video by Alkaline performing We Wi Ago Do.
“Stylin’” is the second single from Protoje’s third studio album, Ancient Future, scheduled for release in 2015.