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.
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“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.
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Ever since the dance move known as Puppy Tail gained popularity within the dancehall space, several artistes have come out claiming rights to the dance with songs bearing the same name, with some demanding credit from the other artiste for being the originator.
The most popular version of the Puppy Tail song to date is from dancehall artiste Demarco, but another artiste, Ganggoolie, has come forward, claiming that Demarco pirated his work.
“Mi did av a song name Tremble Tremble weh come out from last year and did a gwaan good, so a dat dem see and copy di ting and a claim it as dem own,” he told THE STAR.
Making specific reference to Demarco, Ganggoolie said, “Mi nah put my mouth a grung an talk. Mi a di first man come out wid da song deh, but a pure politics inna di business, and when a man av a bigger name dan you and more money fi throw around. Fi dem material will always be more popular.”
Drawing on one of his earlier hits, the deejay said that this wasn’t the first time other artistes had copied his work. “A di same ting di man dem do wid Muscle Wine but mi nah watch nuh face because from you have talent, you will make it in the business,” he said.
He had this advice for the more established artistes: “Leave the younger youth dem mek dem strive man and stop gi dem a fight.”
Demarco’s camp, which had been made aware of the allegations over the past few weeks, told THE STAR that the controversy now unfolding was forseen. Raymond ‘Shadow’ Small, Demarco’s publicist, told THE STAR that he knew this would happen sooner or later.
“We saw this coming and that’s why we made the video, the making of Puppy Tail and uploaded it to YouTube,” he said. “This video has the creators of the dance, Renee 6:30 and DHQ Nickiesha, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the video.”
While stating that Demarco has an established career with some of the most popular hits in dancehall recently, Small warned that it was high time these artistes stopped using the entertainer’s career to build their own.
“These accusations are absolutely absurd! I mean, Demarco has some of the most popular hits in the dancehall now, so why would he do something like that?” Small questioned. “These artistes need to focus on their own careers instead of using the artiste’s name to gain notoriety?”
Ganggoolie and Demarco are not the only entertainers with Puppy Tail songs circulating in the music sphere as up-and-coming artiste Naazir also has a version of the song.
Music video by Mavado performing My Own/Paypa. © 2014 H20 Records / Armz House Records | Dir: Shutah Films
Music video by Tommy Lee Sparta performing Crow
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Music video by Alkaline performing How It Feel.
SPECIALLY invited guests and cast members anxiously mingled in the lobby of the Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew, ahead of at Monday night’s premiere of Destiny.
The Jeremy Whittaker-directed romantic drama enjoyed rave reviews at April’s Reel World Film Festival in Toronto. But that did little to calm his nerves at his home debut.
“I do hope it will be well-received, as it has a strong story line about Jamaican culture,” Whittaker told the Jamaica Observer.
Costing just under US$1 million, Destiny was shot in Jamaica with additional footage in Canada. The plot is based on Lisa (played by Jamaican-born, Canada-based Karian Sang) who visits Jamaica from Toronto, Canada, to sell her family’s estate. She gets involved with Sean, a recording artiste (played by singer Christopher Martin), and reconnects with her family.
Martin said he was thankful for the opportunity to showcase his other talent.
“This is a giant step for me. I poured my heart out into it. I expect big things from this movie, perhaps similar accolades like that of The Harder They Come,” he said.
Best known for songs such as Cheater’s Prayer, Chill Spot and Take My Wings, Martin said the transition to film wasn’t difficult.
“I have some experience… In 2004, I won Best Actor in JCDC’s festival competition and I was also in a 2006 stage play. But I would definitely love to do more acting,” he said.
In addition to Martin, the local cast includes Kerstin Whittaker, Munair Zacca, female dancehall artistes Grace ‘Spice’ Hamilton and Latifa ‘Tifa’ Brown, Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis, and Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton.
Jamaican-born Floridian Lyndon Forte, who plays Michael, had high praises for the script.
“It’s a traditional Jamaican story. It shows Jamaica in a new kind of light. This is something we can all relate to,” he said.
Without spilling the beans, Destiny is a refreshing departure from the gun-toting gangsters and violence which oftentimes accompany locally made films.
The soundtrack — produced by Clive Hunt with songs by Martin, Busy Signal, Yvad, Spice, Sly and Robbie and Chronixx — coupled with familiar scenes heIp to create a truly authentic Jamaican feel.
It is worth seeing and opens today.
Source: Jamaica Observer
THE trial of the juror who allegedly attempted to bribe his colleagues in the Vybz Kartel trial failed to start yesterday after it was disclosed that the accused man’s attorney and the lead investigator in the case were suffering from chikungunya-type symptoms.
The trial of 50-year-old Livingston Cain, which was set to take place in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court, was rescheduled for March 23 next year. Cain’s bail was also extended until then.
Cain, a football coach of Stony Hill in St Andrew, is facing counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy.
The Crown is alleging that Cain offered the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not-guilty verdict. It is also alleged that he told another juror that he would “take care of him” if he returned a not-guilty verdict.
Cain was reportedly recorded on a cellular phone making the offer to the foreman.
He was the only juror to vote not guilty in the March conviction of Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer), Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and Andre St John for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
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