Raymond ‘Shadow’ Small, publicist for dancehall artiste Aidonia, believes that dancehall music continues to hold significance especially in light of the arrests of Russian women, who were dancing to the artiste’s ‘Touch You Tonight’at a war memorial recently.
“Clearly this music has a global impact. For them to be dancing to Aidonia is a great thing. People have always said that dancehall music has been on a slump, when in actuality the music is far-reaching,” Small said.
A teenager was jailed for 15 days and two other women for 10 days after they filmed themselves dancing near the world war monument in the Russian city of Novorossiysk.
The 18-year-old was placed under administrative arrest for petty hooliganism. The 24 and 26-year-olds, who received 10 days, were taken to a detention facility, while two other women were fined.
The parents of a sixth female under 18 were charged with “failing to perform parental duties for raising minors”. According to the prosecutors in the case, the “erotic and sexual twerk dance” was disrespectful to the memory of those who fought in the Second World War.
They were reportedly filming a video at the memorial to promote dancehall classes.
Small said that although this painted dancehall in a good light, the actions of the women were disrespectful to the dead at the memorial.
“Respect has to be given to everyone even the dead. It was inappropriate of them to be doing that in that particular space. It is just unfortunate where it appears as something disrespectful,” he added.
Aidonia continues to have a growing fan base in Europe. The artiste generally performs in sold-out venues.
Popular dancehall artiste Dexta Daps was once again the topic of discussion yesterday. However, this time, it was not for his hit-making abilities.
The artiste was involved in a tussle with police officers at the Sangter International Airport in Montego-Bay.
According to reports, the artiste parked his car in a restricted area and was accosted by the police. This resulted in a verbal altercation, which then became physical.
In a video, which is being circulated by social media, a crowd gathered outside the airport as several officers attempted to put handcuffs on him. They were however met with resistance, as he refused to be placed under arrest without a valid reason.
One officer grabbed him by his waistband, while they struggled to place him in the back of a waiting police car. Dexta Daps could be heard asking why he was being arrested, several times throughout the video.
At one point, a fan of the artiste attempted to wipe the sweat off his face during the tussle.
“Wha me do fi get arrest? Me have the right to know whe unu a lock me up fah …” were some of the words uttered by the 7-11 singer.
After more heated exchanges, including several expletives, he agreed to go with the officers, but not in the car. Up until news time, it was not clear whether he had been arrested or even charged.
When contacted, a member of his management team told THE STAR that there was an incident, but that he was working to resolve it.
Meanwhile, an officer attached to the airport police post told THE STAR that they were unable to provide any details.
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Last year was quite the year for Ding Dong, and his recent success seems as if it will continue for a while with Sean Paul’s addition to his song, ‘Lowe Mi Nuh’.
Ding Dong returned as one of the top contenders in dancehall last year with songs like Syvah and Shampoo, which had accompanying dance moves that were just as popular.
A few months ago, Ding Dong added Lowe Mi Nuh to the already popular Chimney Records-produced ‘Happy Hour’ rhythm, and it has been enjoying tremendous success since then.
“I released the song on that rhythm because the dance for the song buss on that rhythm. Sean Paul gravitate to the song, and one day I asked him if he would do a remix of the song. He was mad excited about the song and the dance,” Ding Dong told THE STAR.
“I am super excited because it (remix) ago mek the song reach a different market. It is going to be a plus for me and the rhythm.”
He added that a music video for the remix will also be done as soon as both their schedules allow for it.
Despite being added to the rhythm months after it was initially released, Ding Dong said he is quite pleased with how well Lowe Mi Nuh has been doing.
“Most of the songs were released already, and I made a late entry. I think the song and the remix will carry the rhythm to the summer or even beyond summer. It’s like the hottest song in dancehall right now,” he said.
And Ding Dong, who says he has been having a “blessed year”, noted that he has upcoming shows in the United States, Canada and England. He added that the entire Ravers Clavers dance group is available for bookings in the United States.
“It’s a joy for me to bring dancers on that level. It is a big accomplishment for us as dancers,” he said, adding that the ‘Syvah’ jerseys are available for sale on repja.com, and the sales for the product have been tremendous thus far.
But that’s not all, Ding Dong said Ravers Clavers has also been hosting Dresscode Fridays and Upscale Sundays, which are both held the last Friday and Sunday every month at the Ravers Clavers corner in Nannyville, St Andrew.
DUTCH singer/songwriter Eva Simons recently collaborated with dancehall star Konshens on the song Policeman. Produced by Dutch DJ/dance musician Sidney Samson, the track is expected to be a major summer hit in Europe.
Simons, who is big in European Electronic Dance Music circles, had a massive dance hit in 2010 with Take Over Control (credited as Afrojack featuring Eva Simons).
That song sold over one million copies in the United States, and peaked at number 24 in the United Kingdom.
Her subsequent hits include the collaboration This is Love featuring Will I Am of the Black Eyed Peas. It went to number one in the UK, Belgium and Ireland.
In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Simons spoke about Policeman.
“For a while I wanted to make a song with the theme (being) police. One of my favorite samples of all times is the KRS-1 Sound of da Police, and that song is already 20 years old! So I thought it’s time for a new police track, right?” she explained.
The 30-year-old artiste said she got the initial beat after ‘messing around with a bubbling snare’, adding that, “Soon as Sidney heard my demo he was like, ‘Yo! can I produce this, I would totally smash it’.”
Konshens was recommended by a mutual friend.
“When the song was done, something was still missing, I really wanted a sick rapper on the track. Sidney connected me to Rodney Hill (Jamaican producer and A&R for dance music DJ Bob Sinclar) who knows Konshens, and he was like, ‘lemme see if Konshens is interested’, and he was!” Simons exclaimed
Born to a Dutch father and black mother from Suriname, Simons grew up in Amsterdam and is a former member of the group Raffish.
She has collaborated with Chris Brown, and opened for Beyonce on The Netherlands leg of her ‘Mrs Carter Show The World Tour’ in 2013.
AFTER more than a month, reggae artiste Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me and Angel remains at the top of the iTunes Reggae Album chart. The tracks are from his 2001 set Hot Shot.
Shaggy (given name Orville Burrell) is currently in America promoting his latest single I Need Your Love. He made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show on Thursday.
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Kalado – Weh Yuh Nuh Have (Alkaline Diss) – Wrangla Riddim – April 2015
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Sizzla Kalonji’s team is dismissing reports that the reggae entertainer has migrated to Zimbabwe.
The internet chatter started after an old article resurfaced on Facebook about Sizzla’s 2010 visit to the motherland where he received several acres of land in Zimbabwe and Ghana as gifts.
Sizzla’s publicist, Olimata Taal tells Music News that Konlanji is currently living in Jamaica but has plans to go back to Africa.
Sizzla recently celebrated his 39th birthday at the Eastern Peace Center in West Kingston.
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