The crowd gathered was getting pretty impatient, including us, Guyana’s dedicated entertainment team… and me. Being late for an event, we considered missing this side show, but it’s been a while since any of us saw a horse-cart race, we just couldn’t miss it. The first try was a false start… and so was the second and third. By now quite a number of people had gathered on the railway embankment, others were watching from the security of their homes.
I was considering taking bets but figured that bookie was not one of my strong suits. Without warning they were off, “Black Horse” on the left and “Crapaud” (kra-po) on the right. Shackles jingling, hooves thudding, they made their way to the finish line. At first, it seemed like a tight race with Black Horse holding on to a slim lead.
Mid way through the race, that lead expanded and Crapaud found himself a horse-cart length behind Black Horse. He made one final push but it just wasn’t enough, Black Horse crossed the finish line in style much to the delight of the crowd gathered. As quickly as it started the sideshow ended leaving you wanting for more action. As the crowd began dispersing, a Police Officer arrived on the scene, in what is now a custom, showing up after everything done.
By Hubert Forrester
A night of high energy entertainment action is promised to dancehall music and dance loving fans who head to the National Park on Saturday for King Scorpion sound’s ‘Back way’ show.
Through sponsorship from corporate citizen Banks DIH the show according to promoter Wolly will feature the RDX crew out of Jamaica performing live.
As prelude, the curtain raisers will feature a dance competition showcasing some of the nation’s hottest street style dance groups including X-Factor, Famous Pose and Diamond Squad among others. Other dance groups interested in competing can contact Wolly on Tele: 666-9800.
The winning dance group takes home the Banks Power Stout Trophy and $100,000 cash.
King Scorpion Sounds arguably ranked as one of the nation’s best promotions/entertainment groups on the local shores may best be remembered for recent promotions that featured artistes the likes of Tony Matterhorn and Vegas as well as the Canadian Invasion.
“We are doing what we can to add to the development of eth entertainment industry because we believe that entertainment is a great way to get away from all the many stresses that life throws at us sometimes. It’s also good therapy and we do not fore see any issues of violence and crime at eth show or as a result of the show,” Promoter Wolly assures.
The show according to Wolly, starts at 9:00PM Sharp t and will offer total entertainment for dance hall lovers.
The artiste are bringing an international dancer and will offer a full energy show so come prepared for a night of full, high energy.
eave home your guns and knives and walk with yah queens. The show will also be used as another occasion to introduce the Banks Power Stout to the local market.
The artistes are scheduled to arrive in Guyana on Thursday night and will be hosting a press conference at the airport upon arrival.
The media bus leave hits and Jams at 9:00PM (21:00hrs) Thursday.
Who is RDX (BIO)
There's no questioning the immense talent of the duo RDX. Since January 2007, the high-energy performing duo has worked up a storm among teenagers and young adults, introducing dance routines in a song, and dance moves in the dancehall.
Renegade X and Delomar X, who comprise dancehall/reggae duo RDX, are pursuing their dream and have successfully taken their brand of music to the ears and hearts of fans locally. They are working assiduously to positively impact the international market in similar fashion.
RDX brings their explosive style of music to the dancehall game. Carlton Williams (Renegade X) and André Bedward (Delomar X) were formerly known as Xsytment and delivered hot songs like 2 Tha Haters,BumBum and I Don't Trust You. Xsytment made quite a name within the dancehall circles, having the song I Don't Trust You topping the charts in the Bahamas and peaking at number 17 on the UK's Echoes charts in 2004.
2 Tha Haters hit the top 10 on the same chart a year earlier.
Internal differences caused the group to downsize from a trio to a duo, and since then they have released singles such the hilarious Khaki on the Fresh Ear label and Friday, a major hit in Japan and parts of Europe.
Renegade X, the deejay of the duo is also an established beat-maker, creating hit tracks such as the Chrome rhythm for South Block/VP Records, which bore chart-toppers like In Her Heart by Capleton and Jiggy by Elephant Man.
Renegade's catalogue also includes the 'Dutty Landlord' 'Summer Bounce' rhythms, the latter of which featured a hit of the same name by Elephant Man.
After taking themselves out of the limelight for a few months and reassessing their strategy, Xsytment decided that the next step forward was to reinvent themselves with all the perks; a new sound, new image and a new perspective. Thus, RDX was born.
The change immediately had a positive impact, with the release of hot new songs such as Four Q and Cartoon, Renegade X kept his drum machine thumping, and created another popular rhythm called the 'Jumpoff riddim'. Again, another hit single was brought to the fore by popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel entitled Realest Thing. Renegade then created Stamma and Stain with Beenie Man's hit Swing it Wey, before taking another break.
RDX took time out then to concentrate on promoting themselves in the streets before returning once again to the studios to produce Bling Dawg's hit song Roll upand Dance on the very energetic 'Bembe rhythm' for their current Apt. 19 label. The uptempo song created a frenzy within the dancehall and just about everywhere else dancehall music is played.
Always in the streets, RDX became a household name campaigning and promoting themselves in rural parishes and by visiting inner-city communities daily to interact with community members and dancers alike.
PRO Mondale Smith: 679-6111
Fast rising reggae r&b talent Timeka Marshall is set to premier the video for her single Hush on Jamaican-based cable station Hype TV come Tuesday, April 21.
“My goodness, I’m so excited about it,” the young songstress said.
The song will be premiered on the cable station’s live broadcast show, Up and Live.
“I feel the song is very relatable, and I think its smoothing everyone can make a connection to. If they haven’t yet, then certainly at some point in the future, they’ll be able to”, she continued.
Hush, which is on the Shane Brown produced Indiscretion riddim, is a sweet-sounding escape into R&B – of course with some Caribbean flavour – and is filled with of loving lyrics has the Guyanese-born bombshell pouring her heart out.
“The riddim is doing really well, and the song has been getting some love from the radio, and Hype TV is making their viewers anxious about the premiere, so it’s all good!”
Timeka says one thing she was really impressed with, was the way in which her song, and Secrets, another song by Peter Morgan of Morgan Heritage which is featured on the same riddim, was mixed together so the two artistes could do a joint video.
“We didn’t even know about each other’s song, and it’s really uncanny that the two songs are talking about the same thing. Crazy props to Shane Brown and Peter for spotting it and making the joint video happen,” Timeka said.
“Everyone needs to tune in to Hype TV, the right type TV on Tuesday April 21 for the premiere of the video, because that’s the only place to catch the first showing of it!
The romantic ballad Missing You Right Now has become the eighth number one single for singer Da’Ville. The track has taken over pole position on several reggae charts in Jamaica and overseas.
‘I’m really pleased at the kind of reception that the song has gotten and I thank the fans for their support over the years’, said Da’Ville.
Missing You Right Now is number one on the Shanty Vibes Reggae Chart in St. Croix, Virgin Islands; Richie B Hit List Countdown; and RETV Reggae Chart. The song is number twenty three on the Digicel Caribbean Hot 30 Countdown; and number two on the New York Reggae chart.
The video clip for Missing You Right Now which was directed by Stafford Ashani and Ras Asha, debuted at number three on the RETV MVP Video countdown.
Taken from his recently released album Ichiban, Missing You Right Now follows closely on the heels of Da’Ville’s previous number one hit Yesterday. His previous number one singles were Missing You and Storm (both of which he sang lead vocals on for the group ARP), In Heaven, Can’t Get Over You, On My Mind and This Time I Promise.
Additionally, another Da’Ville track Never Gonna Cry peaked at the number three spot on the Media Guide Reggae Specialty chart in the US. The song is currently number five.
The main performers and guest artistes on the RETV High School Tour, reinforced the Abstinence Mek Sense theme to the students at Mona High recently.
The tour which was in its third week also saw Matthew Mothersill from the Ministry of Education giving an interesting presentation about abstinence with the use of current rhythms and jargons.
As has become the norm, the students screamed and cheered for their favourite performers, especially when they came a little too close to the crowd.
Laden had to literally bolt faster than Usain Bolt to avoid a group of female students who were bent on breaking down the barriers to the stage, to touch him. As he belted Time to Shine and I’m Sorry, the crowd roared.
Macka Diamond, Ras Penco, Spryng I and Ras Shiloh, Stacious and Busy Signal were the guest performers, and each earned their share of applause from the students with their latest radio hits.
Ce’Cile was in good form as the students screamed her name and took over choir duties on I’m Waiting, while Alaine, D’Angel, dancer Mystic, Terro 3000, Chino, Tifa, Natalie Storm, and Konshens were all in fine form, delivering songs from their respective catalogues.
The Vibes Master Jerry D kept the students busy with various talent exhibitions from their fellow school mates.
The current season of the RETV School Tour is expected to climax on April 28. Be on the lookout because it could be coming to your school!
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About RE Television
Reggae Entertainment Television (RETV) is a part of Cable Jamaica, which is a division within the RJR Communications Group. The station is the leading reggae music and entertainment station in Jamaica and the Caribbean reaching eleven (11) countries inclusive of Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, St Vincent & the Grenadine, Dominica, Belize, Costa Rica and much more.
Creativity, originality and flow were definitely the order of the night as Xpress Yoself Gy held its monthly poetry event last evening at the Upscale Restaurant.
The event last night was dubbed the ALL FOOLS SLAM COMPETITION; a poetry slam is a faceoff between competitors to see who has more creativity than whom and who can get the judges to accept their content. These competitors recite their own original work or rarely that of others.
Competing were Lady Hilda, Jermaine Figueira, Rochelle Christi, Raul Williams, and Darren Henry. They were three rounds of competition, with each competitor having three minutes to perform his/ her piece. They were being judged on their content/ lyrics, performance and audience response.
The competitors were expected to entice the packed restaurant with either Dub poetry(a rhythmic and politicized genre belonging to black and particularly West Indian culture )or Spoken word (is a form of literary art or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung), the latter was chosen by most. The competition resembled that of DEF JAMs poetry slam competition.
Those who missed the event missed a great time, the poets were amazing in their delivery, the competitors used poetry to express themselves and matters of importance to them. Rochelle Christi was a crowd favourite from her first performance and she never left the crowd down once, so her win was no surprise. She was awarded with $20,000. Coming in second was Darren Henry who received $10,000 and third was Lady Hilda, who was a little older than most of the competitors but had her way with the crowd, she received $5000.
Xpress Yoself Gy is an avenue for persons to express themselves through poetry, song, dance, and the visual arts. Headed by Yaphet Jackman and Asafa George, Xpress Yoself Gy is a place where people can come and feel comfortable about expressing their views about their country and issues affecting their lives. Yaphet Jackman described Xpress Yoself Gy as “a hub for creative people”. Yaphet is also the head of Blue Bucket Entertainment Gy an entertainment service provider which focuses on culture, youth expression and social and business events.
Apart from the competition, there was dancing and an open mic segment. Dances were done by the Nzinga Dance Group out of African Cultural and Delvelopment Association and the open mic segment allowed people from the audience who wished to share their poetry to do so.
The host for the evening was Kojo McPherson, and the judges were randomly chosen from the audience. Another interesting feature to the evening was the sketch artist, Shimuel Jones, who sat at the judges table and sketched the competitors as they delivered. The sketches will be arranged into a collage and placed in Upscale Restaurant and will be used as a reminder of the beginnings of Xpress Yoself Gy.
The next Xpress Yoself Gy activity will be held on the 6th May, 2009 so do come out and support, if you are an aspiring poet or someone who loves to use poetry to express yourself and you have pieces you will like to share feel free to come out and join the fun every first Wednesday of every month at the Upscale Restaurant. The event is usually a Blast and it does not disappoint.
The sponsors were Western Union and DHL.
By Schemel Patrick
Tarrus Riley, Freddy McGregor, Duane Stephenson headed Guyana’s way
Reggae/dancehall stars Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephens and Freddy McGregor as well as the promoters are all promising a memorable nigh for music lovers where reggae and some lover’s rock vibes will be the order of the night but mostly on life’s conscious side.
They are scheduled to arrive on Thursday April 9, to take to the National Park Stage on April 11 with Reggae Vibes offerings from the best of both worlds.
The artistes who are scheduled to arrive on Thursday night from Jamaica are promising much for patrons.
As opposed to some artiste who berate and belittle women Taurus holds high respect for women and the very conscious, humble and self assertive Tarrus Riley is guaranteed to offer his fans a live show that’s sound as good as the recorded music.
In his first visit to the local shores patrons are guaranteed 110 percent on stage and aside from ‘she’s Royal as promotions CEO Roxanne Williams says “he has loads of love for the ladies and life itself.”
She also noted that Tarrus is the kind of artist that you can give your full support and love because his music is about unity.
With all the artistes guaranteed to arrive on the local shores on April 9 Williams says all is set “this is our first show at this level and much more can be expected in the future.”
She also said “We are doing this show for the people of Guyana because we believe Guyanese deserve to experience the international acts live on stage while adding our bit to develop the entertainment industry.”
Williams said too that tickets are still available at the unbelievably low cost of $2000 while VIP tickets costs $10,000.
The night’s emcees are radio personality Malcolm Ferreira and Mondale Smith while local entertainment would include Jessica Xavier who will be launching her debut video/single: ‘Don’t cry.’ Added entertainment will come from Lion Heart Sounds.
“We selected this lineup to show Guyana that all can congregate and have a good time by talented artistes that are positive amidst the mostly negative vibes circulating on the entertainment circuit.” We also hope that the local youths would be inspired to treat women with respect through Tarrus Riley and Freddie McGregor’s teachings while the conscious inspirational vibes will come from Duane Stephenson.” (M.S)
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