Ace deejay Tommy Lee Sparta made an exuberant return to Central America for his Costa Rican supporters.
This appearance marks the entertainer’s third show for his massive fan base in Costa Rica. With high-energy, the gothic star took to the ‘Dancehall Xplosion’ stage giving, arguably, the best performance of the night. The event was held at the city stadium in Desamparados.
This event was a special one for the country which celebrated their independence the following day. It was the bash to attend for the holiday with notable attendees such as the ambassador to Jamaica. The stadium, with a capacity of more than 5,000, was packed as patrons came out to witness dancehall stars Tommy Lee Sparta, Aidonia and Popcaan and DJs Ruff and Cuilo from Coppershot.
After thrilling the audience, Tommy expressed: “Right now mi overjoyed. So much love from the people. Everything well bad! Mi surprised how much a mi new song dem already know. To hear them a sing along with a song dat mi drop last week is insane.”
The undeniably favourite track of the night was Defend, composed by Zion Production, a prominent record label in the territory. Among the other well-received hits were Psycho, Shook, Vibes Inna This, Mechanic, Spartan Angel, Dream and Buss A Blank.The artiste now prepares for his next stop in Suriname before he jets off to French Guiana, Guyana, Martinique and St Maarten.
Amidst speculation that one of her latest tracks, Prison Wife, speaks to a relationship between herself and incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, dancehall artiste Stylish is setting the record straight.
In an interview with the STAR, the female entertainer said there was nothing intimate about her relationship with Vybz Kartel and explains that the song is just a fresh angle on an ongoing issue.
“People will speculate. They will hear the song and, based on previous work, they will come up with things, but there was never anything intimate between us,” she said.
The song, she explained, is about an issue many women can relate to. “Oftentimes, you are involved with someone who ends up behind bars and you become the only person they can now depend on because all of the friends left with the hype,” she said.
The Are You Ready singer revealed that a video for the song is expected to hit the streets in the next two weeks but that was all the information she was ready to give surrounding its impending release. “I don’t want to let out too much but it will be different,” she said.
The Building Block Records artiste also told the STAR that she is currently promoting two new singles, No Eyewater on Seanizzle’s new rhythm as well as Willing Fi Share on Justus Arison’s High Life rhythm.
Popular selector Foota Hype has apparently left Downsound Records, based on a song released under the label that he claims blatantly disrespected him.
In a post on Instagram yesterday morning, Foota Hype announced that he has parted ways with the label.
“Effective this minute, rite now, @footahypemusic is no longer a part of the @downsound_music company. I QUIT, resigned, lef di work, which ever way wi can put it, on the basis of not getting the respect I deserve from the company CEO Joseph Bogdanovich, as in them producing and releasing material in the form of a song that is aimed at violating and disrespecting me and my brand,” he said.
“I will not work for a company that is deliberately trying to tear down my brand, image and character in order to make another person in same company relevant. At the end of the day, I was Foota Hype before @downsound_music and will continue to be after.”
When contacted, Foota Hype went a bit further. He said he was disrespected by the Restraining Order and Cry Baby songs that were done by Ishawna.
“Mi get disrespected by Ishawna, and Joe doing nothing about it. Is like things gone from business to personal, so I decided to leave,” he said.
But Ishawna countered Foota Hype’s argument, claiming that Cry Baby was not written about him.
“The song is built off Papa San’s Maddy Maddy Cry, it is a direct counteraction to Papa San’s lamenting about his woman leaving him. Right now, Foota Hype is not that important for me to do another song about him. Restraining Order is about him, but this song doesn’t even have any references. Cry Baby is a club song, a straight hit, and it is about relationships. I can’t stop people putting it up on YouTube as a ‘Foota Hype diss’,” she said.
“I wish Foota Hype the best with his life, but I am an artiste, and music is like therapy for me. This is how I work out my problems. I put everything in music, and he needs to get over himself, this song is not about him.”
Meanwhile, in a statement, Joe Bogdanovich said Harry Toddler, Naazir, Specialist, andDon Husky, and selector Foota Hype were suspended on Monday from Downsound Records until further notice, without pay. Ishawna, Nature, Ninja Man, and nine others persons from the security, artiste liaison, secretarial and music-engineering departments remain on staff.
“The recent developments at Downsound are geared towards addressing our international presence. We have made staff changes addressing the key areas of international promotion and artiste development. We have actually outgrown our 43 St Andrew Park location. We have been there over a decade, and this is an opportunity to expand,and for us to move to a more technically advanced environment,” Bogdanovich said.
“We are going to focus on the careers of Ninja Man, Ishawna and Nature. Downsound Records is always seeking opportunities to expand the scope of its business. That is our primary focus going forward, tapping into new income streams and raising the international profile and excitement level on the music scene … just watch!” he said.
However, Foota Hype maintains that he has left the camp and will be moving on, as he was a brand long before he went to Downsound Records and will continue to have a career now that he has left.
“Foota is always Foota. When I went to Downsound, it was nowhere in dancehall like where it is now. It is my energy that bring them to the forefront. Mi find hit wid Specialist, mi find hit wid Nature. The only hit Ishawna have, is me mek it. Mi a do my work, and dem a deal wid soap opera thing, and mi nuh deh pon dat,” he told THE STAR.
Selector Foota Hype explains why he left Downsound Records, and goes into detail about an alleged love triangle between Ishawna, Josef Bogdanovich and Skatta. He then expands on his recent comments about Mavado neglecting Jamaica.
Recording artistes Chronixx and Tessanne Chin will vie with each other, Sean Paul, Jimmy Cliff and Soja for the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year at the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), to be staged at the Coral Spring Centre for the Arts in Florida on October 4.
Reggae sensation Chronixx copped three other IRAWMA nominations in the shape of Male Vocalist of the Year, Best Song for Smile Jamaica and Best Music Video for Here Comes Trouble.
Tessanne Chin, who has been riding a wave of popularity since winning season five of American talent show ‘The Voice’, bagged a second nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Earning three nods each were crossover stars, Sean Paul and Shaggy, with Paul’s nomination for Entertainer of the Year joined by nods for Best Caribbean Entertainer and Best Crossover Song (alongside Arash), while Shaggy is in the running for Best Song (Fight This Feeling alongside Beres Hammond), Best Album (Out of Many One Music) and Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper.
Also picking up three nods each were former Alliance teammates Mavado and Busy Signal. They are vying for Entertainer of the Year; Best Crossover Song for Mavado’s Give It All To Me featuring Nicki Minaj and Signal’s Bumaye alongside Major Lazer and Best Music Video for Take It (featuring Karian Sang) and Bumaye.
Major Lazer also earned three nods, including Producer of the Year, while QQ, Jo Mersa Marley and Romain Virgo are among the nominees for Most Promising Entertainer. Newcomers Alkaline and Kranium fly the flag for Jamaica in the Best New Entertainer category along with Daniel Bambatta Marley.
LRG presents : Chronixx – Capture Land (Official Video)
Video directed by Jerome D – Track produced by Winta James
The Making Of ‘Puppy Tail’ Dance and Song with Demarco, Renee 6:30 and DHQ Nickeisha.
Directed by || True Gift Entertainment (TGE)
Come Saturday, September 27th the Lime Light Entertainment Complex in Half Way Tree will be transformed with a kaleidoscope of activities as Dancehall star Demarco unveils his inaugural birthday celebrations hosted by True Gift Entertaiment (TGE).
Aptly titled ‘GOOD BOOK’, the event coined from his current chart topper will feature some of the biggest names in the local entertainment space including a plethora of surprise performers bolstered by musical selections courtesy of in-demand jocks ZJ Liquid, Richie Feelings, Boom Boom & Harry Hype, Foota Hype, CD Fantasy Sound, Hotta Maestro and Demarco’s own official dj Slaughta Global from the popular U.S based Half Crazy Sound out of Boston.
According to event organizers one of the major highlights of the night will be a female dance contest for the now viral ladies anthem ‘Puppy Tail’ where the top three contestants will collectively walk away with almost One Hundred Thousands ($100,000) in cash and prices on the night.
Currently enjoying one of the best years of his career Demarco says he’ll be giving patrons a reprieve due to the current back to school challenges by offering a subsidized cost at the gate. Women will be charged $500 in a 2 for 1 deal while men will pay a nominal five hundred ($500) Jamaican dollars to gain admission.
“There will be a lot of excitement and surprises on the night so patrons should come out to enjoy themselves and see what we have in store for them. I don’t want say too much but I promise it will be a memorable occasion for all in attendance.” – Demarco added
Meanwhile, with an upsurge in popularity and an amassment of current hits such as ‘Good Book’ ‘Bad Gyal Anthem’, ‘Put The Duppy Pon Yuh’, ‘Build A Vibes’, ‘Lazy Body’ and ‘Ride’ Demarco is prepping for a busy schedule over the upcoming Heroes Weekend. The singer recently returned from Suriname and French Guiana amid shooting the second season of his now popular online series ‘Talk Yuh Mind’ which is available via his official Youtube channel at Youtube.com/Demarcolife.
Busy Signal – Money Flow/Greetings(Ribbidibi)”- Official Video
Vybz Kartel – Bare Vybz – September 2014
Produced by So Unique Records