The seventh Season of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is in full swing with the 5th and final auditions set to take place this Sunday (December 15) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.
With over 2000 talented Jamaicans Auditioned so far in Sav-La-Mar, Ocho Rios, May Pen and Portmore, Kingston is expected to carry the biggest crowd; attracting all those who have tried and failed to secure a place at the other four auditions as well as those who have waited until the last minute to show their talent.
Marketing Director, Wines & Spirits at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Gary Dixon, says Kingston is the heartbeat of Dancehall so it is only natural for it to host the biggest and most exciting of the 5 auditions: “Every year Kingston continues to impress and this year we expect no different. Over the past 6 seasons some of the best talent to grace the Magnum stage were unearthed at the Kingston Auditions. Kingston will be the last chance to get Into the competition this year and based on history people from all over Jamaica will be there to show the best of their talent.”
Judges Miss Kitty, Skatta and Professor Nuts select the best from each auditions. These auditions’ finalists are placed in a pool for the Judges to then deliberate and select the Top 28 Live Show finalists (14 Princes and 14 Princesses) who will compete for the title of 2014 Magnum King and Queen of Dancehall.
The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre will be buzzing with activity this Sunday December 15 between 9am and 3pm when talent from all corners of Jamaica will seek their final chance to Be the Boss by taking the first step towards Magnum stardom.
After 29 years, the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth, Sting, has attracted hundreds of talented artistes to its stage along with millions of viewers and numerous corporate sponsors. Fast forward to the 30th staging of this, the most anticipated stage show on the reggae / dancehall calendar, and Sting is now boosted with the return of Magnum Tonic Wine, to fuel Sting 30.
Strategic Advisor to the Sting 30 Board, Howard McIntosh, says this partnership is vital for the survival of the show: “Corporate partnership is the life and blood of the event. It is what makes the engine roll. Required partnerships and support is necessary to making the event and industry survive. The show suffered over the past 2 years without strategic partners as a partnership allows us to leverage the possibilities that the brand brings.
“This year Magnum Tonic Wine have demonstrated their support for Jamaican culture by coming on board as the presenting sponsor for Sting 30. Magnum is a perfect partner, and we are happy to have them back. Magnum was on board for our 20th staging and we are all elated that they are back with us as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and are looking forward to a continued partnership for many years to come.”
Over the last 11 years, Magnum Tonic Wine invested significantly in Jamaican culture with partnerships such as Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall, Magnum Containa Satdaz, The Star’s Magnum All Star Face Off and their regular Magnum Road shows which all promote the Dancehall art form.
Marketing Director, Wines & Spirits at J. Wray & Nephew Ltd, Gary Dixon, explains why Magnum Tonic Wine decided to partner with Sting 30: “Sting is a Boss show and Magnum is a Boss drink, so this partnership makes sense. Magnum is deeply associated with true and authentic Jamaican culture and Sting embodies that culture and gives it a stage for the world to see.
“We are working with Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records to ensure that Sting 30 is a responsible event and as such all patrons and artistes are expected to be on their best behaviour. The organizers will be implementing all the necessary plans and procedures so that all our patrons will enjoy Dancehall in a clean responsible and safe environment.”
Magnum will also be doing several Sting 30 ticket giveaways on radio and through social media. Magnum advises Twitter fans to follow the buzz with #MagnumStings for news, prizes and giveaways.
The 30th staging of the greatest one night reggae / dancehall show on earth has added immense value to its product by making this authentic cultural experience available to millions around the globe via pay-per-view. This revitalised venture has not only re-attracted corporate sponsors like Magnum Tonic Wine, but has also brought on board a most valuable asset in the Jamaica Tourist Board who feel that Sting is a critical event to Jamaica tourism.
The excitement builds around the December 26th event with a stellar line-up featuring 2 Chainz, Super Cat, Movado, Ninja Man, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Sizzla, Kiprich and many more of the hottest Reggae and Dancehall acts.
Anticipations are high for this month staging of KingsToon festival, a two-day animation conference and festival
June 20-21, 2013 at UWI Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre, which will provide the opportunity for local and regional animators to get a foothold in the growing US$222.8 billion global animation industry.
I had the chance to catch up with the KingsTOON Project Manager & Consultant in the Sustainable Development Unit of the World Bank Iván Gonzalez Berenguer Pena to find out what the event. Check out the interview below for the 4-1-1.
Shelly-Ann ‘Dr. Sexy’ Weeks, writer/producer/host of Sextacy on Fame 95FM is making a big move to Nationwide 90FM with a new radio show DR. SEXY LIVE.
For almost three years Shelly-Ann has been the voice of Sextacy on Fame 95FM on Mondays at midnight. Over this time period, she has grown loyal listenership with persons following her programme for her frank and open views on sex, relationships and sexuality among other things.
“Education is at the foundation of everything I do,” says Shelly-Ann. “I recognize that because sex is still a taboo topic in Jamaica many persons are misinformed on quite a few topics. I want to do my part in equipping my audiences with facts about sex and sexuality so that can make informed choices and ultimately achieve satisfactory sex in their lives.”
When asked the reason for the move, Dr. Sexy commented “My show is very interactive and my audience gives continuous feedback, I have gotten many requests to have the show on air more often. Another deciding factor was that I really want to see the full potential of the show and reach more people. All of this will be achieved through my airing in an earlier time slot, longer show and more nights on air at Nationwide 90FM.”
Dr Sexy LIVE starts on Nationwide 90FM, June 3, 2013 and will be aired Mondays to Fridays 10:00PM to 2:00AM.
About Shelly Ann ‘Dr. Sexy’ Weeks
Shelly-Ann ‘Dr. Sexy’ Weeks is the creator, writer, producer and host of Dr Sexy Live (formerly Sextacy on Fame 95FM) and is no stranger to the media as she has written for publications such as The Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and BUZZZ Magazine. She currently writes a weekly column in the STAR called SEXY CHAT. She has made many guest appearances on TV Talk shows for her expertise on sexuality including, Smile Jamaica, The Susan Show, CVM @ Sunrise, The Karen D Show and she was a host on CVM Naked Truth. Shelly-Ann holds Certification in Clinical Sexology from The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, USA. Her mantra is simple: People who have satisfactory sex live longer, happier, healthier lives.
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Jamaica is overloaded with talented people with a knack for innovation and business zeal. Hence when the World Bank, through its Jamaica Country Office, contacted me to be a Ambassador for its upcoming KingsTOOn Festival, a 2-day Animation Conference and Film Festival to be held at UWI Mona Visitors’ Lodge on June 20th and 21st, I did not hesitate.
To be honest, I was brimming with enthusiasm for several reasons, chiefly because of the opportunity, but more importantly the general ethos of ‘animating Jamaican creativity’ (the event’s theme). What particularly tugged at me was how the festival could be a catalyst for employment and, prospects for professional careers for Jamaicans and foremost a platform for interactions with persons/companies in the global animation industry.
On Friday, May 24, 2013, I and 11 other youngsters from Jamaica and the Caribbean accepted our roles as “KingsTOON Animation Media Ambassadors”. Amongst our duties are: Actively promote KingsTOON Festival; engage young Jamaicans and Caribbean nationals about the festival and the animation competition. In this regard, over the next couple weeks leading up to the KingsTOON Festival, I will be sharing blog entries and interviews here, tweeting from @Lgrandison and posting pictures via my Instagram account.
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KingsTOON is a 2-day Animation Conference and Film Festival, bringing together leading global animation companies with local animation companies, operators, investors, students and policy makers to turn talent and skill into a significant and professional career to satisfy a growing demand/gap for animation products. The festival which takes place over two day, June 20-21, 2013, at UWI’s Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre will help Jamaicans and Caribbean nationals etch a share of the over US$222.8 billion industry.
The first day will feature panel discussions and workshops on the opportunities, and how to position oneself to take advantage of the situation. Day 2, will showcase Jamaican and Caribbean talents working in the industry and related fields. The day will also feature the announcement of the winners in the KingsTOON Animation Competition for:
• Best Script and Storyboard (Jamaica)
• Best experimental animation (Jamaica)
• Best character (Jamaica)
• Best final animation product (Caribbean)
For more information on the details of these categories and the competition please visit here
Winners will receive full scholarships to study animation in Canada at Sherdian College and Nova Scotia College courtesy of the Canadian High Commission; Animation tablets; animation software; Mac Computers; Internship with companies in the Caribbean and training with Canadian software company ToonBoom.
Enter the Animation Competition now! Visit http://www.facebook.com/Kingstoonfest for more info.
The fast rising contemporary reggae artiste Keznamdi has been blazing a trail across the musical landscape with thought provoking lyrics woven together to form infectious melodies and has now heralded his arrival to the reggae scene by releasing his first EP, appropriately dubbed, Bridging the Gap.
Keznamdi, who has been winning fans on both sides of the Atlantic, sees Bridging the Gap as a good chronicle of his musical and spiritually development through reggae: “Bridging the Gap means bridging all generations, all nations, and all cultures together through the music. Music is my life and the issues on the EP are topics that affect me to varying levels”.
Through Bridging the Gap , Keznamdi focuses on issues that appeal to all classes, races and age groups. The EP is sewn together with social commentary and thoughts on man’s interaction with each other with a fair amount of questions and answers on male and female relationships.