Catherine Hall, Montego Bay was nothing but scorching Thursday night into Friday morning as Dancehall Night, the first of the three day Reggae Sumfest event, got off to a superb start with top entertainers like Tifa, Stacious, Romain Virgo, and Konshens.
The first night was well supported and saw intense performances from all artistes billed–and the audience was equally energetic and responsive.
The divas in the dancehall, namely Tifa, Stacious, and Spice, represented well, both in fashion and performances, however patrons could be heard questioning the latter’s outfit. Specialist, who placed second in Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall 2011, was a dapper looking and wowed the audience; Romain Virgo and Kiprich hammered well-received tunes throughout their performances and received several “forwards”.
Lady Saw was officially crowned the Queen of Dancehall in a special segment after she delivered a blistering performance in a silver-white outfit. During her high-energy performance she hinted at being pregnant for long-time hubby Jon-Jon. She left the stage and made way for the current Dancehall Prince, Konshens, who delivered a high-powered act starting with his “Do Sumin”, which was followed by“Stop Sign” drew over 15 females to the stage to ‘bruk out’. Still sporting his red-hair, Konshens called to the stage Darrio, his brother Delus and the man with the golden voice Richie Stephens, and was well-received by patrons.
Dancehall’s latest master of contention, Khago, took the reign with a firework entrance, Popcaan–representing the Gaza (Portmore Empire) Camp and the teacher as a true Prefect– then set the pace for the ‘Energy God’ Elephant Man, who handed the baton to Cham who ‘tun it up’.
With one preppy act after the other, patrons were visibly happy that they had turned out for the first night.
Despite a largely off-key performance, Montego Bay home-boy Tommy Lee enjoyed a favourable response.
As the atmospheric temperature dropped in the earlier morning, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, and Aidonia kept the ground warm until ‘the Doctor’, Beenie Man, turned up in his full white to top things off.
Other performers for the first night of Reggae Sumfest included Jahvinci, Baby Tash, Potential Kid and Zamunda. Reggae Sumfest continues tonight with the much anticipated performances of Shabba Ranks and international R&B crooner Trey Songz, in addition to a special Jamaica 50 tribute.
The Certified Divas official video was last evening released at local hot spot Quad night club where one of the most anticipated videos for the summer was made public for the first time. The video was shot some months ago during the carnival season and finally was ready.
Certified Divas flocked the Quad to see what is dubbed as a divas anthem for summer 2010, are the divas pleased or not that’s yet to be known as some kept comments to themselves while others said it was indeed a great production. The single was done by industry staples Tami Chynn and Tifa a dynamic duo that brought the song to international appeal, the song seems to be another success under the WASHROOM brand from their Voicemail “Dance the night away”.
The video can be argued to be the directors best directed video since his attempts at being a video director. Dexter “3D” Pottinger best known in the fashion industry as a designer has ventured out into the film industry to create videos. He has directed videos such as Tifa’s “Bottom of the Barrell” , “Spell it out” , Sophia Brown “I am a Rose” Russell Diamond“Paper Chase Gyal Yuh Hot’ and others. Dexter Pottinger is indeed making a name in the film industry as well as leaving a mark in the fashion industry. He may have used his knowledge as a designer and creative stylist in coming up with concepts and looks for his videos, making working in that department an ease with the art department as a director he knows what he wants.
Certified Divas seems to have a life span this summer and after as well as promoters have been waiting on the official video to use clippings from the video to promote events etc.
The video edited by Kritik & Nicholas “Birdy” Shaw also gave added assistance in the final product as a director can direct a great video but in the end its the editors that make or break the video, these two industry staples again have done a good job in expressing the meaning of the video to the public from the directors eyes. The KAO:ARTS team has always produced amazing work and most times persons are eager to see whats next from this team.
The concept of the video thou a bit cliche it was generally good, the video started as expected. Although nothing new in terms of creativity and use of colour the way it was used at times was different the close up’s on the decorated lips and different accessories on the talents as well as the use of the green screen it may seem with unbelievable inserts. The production team indeed has earned a “B” with this final product. As we move forward into the summer lets see the longevity of the video and how fast the hype will rise and fall.
Tonight, Tonight, under the distinguish patronage of Divas, Tifa and Tami Chynn, the Quad Pt 2 is expected to transform as both plays host to another Certified Diva Night Out.
Both artistes’ play voice to Certified Divas, described as one of the hottest and best cross-over single in dancehall music lately. The single produced by Washroom Entertainment has been receiving heavy rotation on local radio stations.
A release from Headline Entertainment gave, “Since the release of the single the Artistes have teamed up with director Dexter Pottinger, and Xaymaca Dance Troupe with a view to creating a visual experience to dazzle, impress and enhance the vibe of this club banging number.”
Certified Diva Night Out at the Quad Pt 2 is for all the independent, sexy, hardworking DIVA’s to come out and play. This familiar mid-week spot opens its doors to the countless Dancehall DIVA’s fashionably dressed with matching Diva like swag to enjoy a great party experience.
The club opens to patrons at 11pm ladies and college students with I.D. enter free before 1am, adm: $600.
Lisa Hyper is on a roll and “raging” at the same time.
The former Portmore Empire Artiste has hurled insulting comments at several artiste including Spice, Tifa, Timberlee, Pamputee, Stacious and Ikaya. At the moment the exact reason for this song is unknown.
Lisa Hyper, the official name following her break-away from the Portmore Empire, express the following sentiments in “Stop Chat”:
“me de pon fire, the whole ah dem career mi a wire.”
She deejay further “one shot fire, 6 gal get graze Spice get coward when me tear down the place, same suit she inna Friday, gal no bathe.” Continue reading