Promoter/broadcaster GT Taylor is confident his Christmas Extravaganza: Euphoria was a success based on the crowd support at this year's event held at the Sand Bar Beach on Crane Road in Black River, St Elizabeth, on Wednesday.
Several hundred patrons came out to be entertained by Chronic Law, Daddy1, Starface and several other artistes from the Black River community.
“Yes, the crowd support did exceed my expectations, by all indications we have been able to establish Euphoria as another major party event on the south coast of Jamaica,” he told Jamaica Observer.
Chronic Law thrilled his fans with hits such as Government and Hillside, while Daddy 1 scored heavily with songs like Brogad, 876 and Anthem. Fast rising newcomer Starface waded into the crowd to perform her hit single, Ready' and teamed up with Maestro Don to do Trio and Ride It.
She was at full throttle in the middle of the crowd until a wardrobe malfunction caused her to cut her set short, but the audience loved her energy and great vibes.
The annual event sported a new look and feel, including a line-up featuring fewer acts and more music. It was held in St Elizabeth on Christmas Day, which is in keeping with what the promoters described as reflecting the demands of millennials.
Taylor praised the overall organisation of the event.
“The highlight of the event was the settings, the party vibes, the ambience it was just that — euphoria! I have to congratulate the police and Curry Security Company for doing an excellent job in security and traffic control. The party started at 6:00 pm and ended 4:00 am. Everything went smoothly,” he said.
“Once the inside of the venue was full, other persons did their own private parking. For 2020, there'll be a mixed entertainment package of selectors, not more than four acts, including a veteran performer. We will be catering for the young and also the mature audience,” he said.
' MUSIC More power to DJ Talia By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer
With over 18 years' experience as a disc jockey and sound system selector, DJ Talia Powers has paid her dues on the Jamaican music circuit. She shows her skills Friday at the Iration Vinyl Series Female Selectors Edition, at 22 Oceanview Avenue in East Kingston. DJ Talia has worked at Irie FM for the past 12 years. She hosts Early Irie which airs 2:00 am — 6:00 am on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. She points to the differences playing at a dance or function, from her radio gig.
On radio when yuh playing you can feel the energy but you can't see the immediate response of the audience. When you are out there playing, at a session or a stage show or whatever, you are seeing the response and you are feeding off the energy of the crowd and likewise, so it is a great dynamic and an amazing feeling,” she told the Jamaica Observer. Born and raised in St Ann, DJ Talia is from a musical family, which led to her career as a selector. “Music was always my passion,” she said. “I was born on music avenue, music was all around me. My father was a musician and an engineer so I suppose it was automatic for me to pursue music. It was something natural,” she said.
One of her first big assignments was being the resident selector at Magaritaville, Ocho Rios, the first woman to hold that position. Although she has not faced many gender challenges as a selector, DJ Talia implores aspiring female sound system spinners to be passionate about the music, because the journey is not easy. “You really have to love it because it is quite challenging at first, you have to be confident and dedicated. You have to keep getting better. If you are a female trying to compete with the men, it will be hard because it is still a male-dominated industry,” she expressed. Other selectors on Iration Vinyl Series Female Selectors Edition are Yumi of Yumi Hi Power, Deejay Naz, Deejay Iset, DJ NHM and DJ Marshello.
Challenger presses on
After a 15-year stint as lead singer with the Caribbean band, Royalty, Challenger forging his path as a solo career.
The Dominican-born artiste made his debut in Jamaica a few weeks ago, at GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza stage show.
“A different sun, a different breeze. Jamaica is definitely a piece of paradise. It was my first visit and it felt like I have been there before. I felt like my presence was needed on the island, so I could transform into this great reggae artiste; a legend like the greats that did it and those that are still doing it. My trip to Jamaica was full of vibes, power and love,” Challenger told the Jamaica Observer.
He spoke about his experience on the the 18-year-old Christmas Day stage show in St Elizabeth.
“I worked the stage with the Ruff Kutt band, it doesn't get better than that. I had a good time on the stage, giving the patrons positive music, music of healing and love. My mission was to spread positivity and I believe the messages were received.”
He continued: “My music is full of vibes, spirituality and culture. I am bringing the messages of love, a zero tolerance for violence and justice for the poor. For me, residing in the tristate area it's like a taste of the Caribbean. Where it's like a collage of culture, but reggae music is the tool that keeps our people awake. A cry for unity, strength, positivity and enlightenment.”
It has been three years since Challenger (real name Floyd Challenger) decided to go solo.
While Otis Riddim has produced most of his material, Challenger has also worked with producers, including Izrah Music, SDRG Productions, Obanga Productions and House of Riddims.
His latest single, Nah Bodda with Dem, is currently creating ripples in the streets.
“ Nah Bodda with Dem is a dancehall song and a positive anthem. There is need for an anti-violence song with that hardcore dancehall feel to it. It is a message for the youths that they don't need to be part of a gang or clique to be cool,” Challenger added.
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This Week Stampede Streets Charts out of jamaica Challenger is The Feat,as Artiste of the week mason di emperor feat.as Artist of the week.Nathi prince feat.as Artist of the week.while Govana remains at the NO .1 Dance Hall Spot With the Single one and move and Wayne Marshall, Remains At the No.1 Reggae Spot With The hit Single Glory To God !!
RDX Album showcase set to Ignite 100
For immediate release November 27, 2017 Kingston Jamaica Fans in
Kingston Jamaica and its environs are in for a treat this Wednesday; as RDX showcases the RDX ‘Level Up’ album, the project that marks their 10 successful years as Dancehall’s most dynamic duo.
The album itself, produced by Apt. 19 Music, has been performing tremendously well since it release digitally over a month ago. The project received a front page premiere on iTunes hot tracks and has been steadily growing in popularity with songs like "Private Time" in particular making an impact.
With the ground breaking success of the first single "Shake Your Bam Bam" and its corresponding video garnering over 5 million views in less than 4 months, the full project is expected to continue this trajectory.
"People are generally pleasantly surprised at the contents of this album as it’s not what they were expecting. Its alcohol free RDX music, but that's what makes it a ‘level up’ from what is expected from RDX," Delomar stated .
The duo wanted to give Jamaica the first taste of the album showcase before taking it on the road. They will be doing an exclusive album presentation and LIVE band performance at 100 Hope Road this Wednesday night as part of the Hundred LIVE series. After this showcase the duo will take the same band presentation to North America and then Europe in early 2018
"Fans can expect an intimate, friendly setting where they can "Level Up" their ears and hearts to RDX music this Wednesday night, it's unexpected and a refreshing twist to RDX's already appealing flavour, " Renigade added.
The Level Up Album showcase at 100 Hope Road will also feature music from ZJ Rush and will be hosted by ZJ Sparks and Christopher Daley with special guest speaker the Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton.
RDX is set to officially launch the album in various parts of the world including New York City and Central America. The Apt.19 team is working on something extra special for the worldwide album presentations and will be making these announcements very soon.
RDX - Shake Your Bam Bamhttps://www.youtube.com/watch? v=WjminpmcAYA