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30Aug/11

Bravo Arts to Exhibit Stunning Extraterrestrial Body Art

Body Painting by Bravo Arts

Body Painting by Bravo Arts

BRAVO ARTS, the premier body art creative company is all poised to launch another of its one of a kind exhibitions at Castellani National Art Gallery on Friday 9th September next.

Titled “EXTRA TERRESTRIAL”, this time around the eye catching body art models will have the added adornments of prosthetics. These will include the rubber latex representation of exaggerated body parts, providing special effects for the “alien” models. Special laser like lighting effects and creative greenery will produce a Guyanese type extraterrestrial habitat to intrigue and delight the audiences.
One year ago Steve Douglas Bravo Arts earned rave reviews with his inaugural “Unearthed” presentation at the same Castellani venue. For many, it was the first local exhibition to highlight the body as the canvas which, that time, depicted the country’s flora and fauna. Since then the art form has been in demand by Corporate entities, dance companies and private party socials.

The Friday September 9 presentation will portray a diversity of peaceful aliens who are closely knitted and live in harmony with their environment. This will be done within the bounds of propriety.
Patrons will again experience live body painting on demand as well as the appearance of a surprise alien character known to most movie goers and internet fans.
Amongst the artists and models will be Jackie Hanover, Courtney Douglas, Cassandra Chu and Paloma Bristol, to name a few. Challenges of sponsorship during this season compelled the Bravo Arts organisers to charge $500.00 for adults whilst children under ten will enjoy free admission.
The exhibition runs from 16:30hrs to 19:30hrs (4:30 – 7:30pm).

29Aug/11

Ray Sytes Puts It on For His Country; Guyana

Guyanese Rapper - Ray Sytes

Guyanese Rapper - Ray Sytes

Introducing Hip-Hop fused with Dancehall artist Ray Sytes, a soon to be well known artist, whose blend of both genres is sure to lure you in. Having collaborated with hit producers who've worked with superstars like Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Talib Kweli, and 50 Cent, as well as recording a song with multi-platinum recording artist T-Pain entitled "Everybody Else", Ray Sytes is determined to put Hip- Hop on the map for Guyana.

Ray Sytes - My City

Ray Sytes - My City

"Welcome To The Far South" is Sytes' official mixtape series, with the release of his first installment entitled "Tote My Flag." Sytes' mixtape includes a blend of Hip-Hop and Dancehall, featuring established artists featured on his project. Ray Sytes isn't just doing music for his fans, but for his country as well.

"We have many talented artists in R&B, Reggae, Dancehall, and Soca but not in Hip-Hop, so I’m filling that void," says Ray Sytes.

Originally from Georgetown, Guyana at a very early age, Sytes relocated to the States where he found a love for music other than Dancehall... Hip-Hop. Living in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Ray Sytes gained knowledge of rhyming and writing then moved to Queens where he now resides. With a large success rate of artists coming from the Tri-State Area like Biggie, Nas, and Jay-Z, Ray Sytes has an opportunity he won't let slip through.

"Tote My Flag," features a remix of the hit "Star Bwoy," with Jamaican musician Mavado, as well as features including Choppa Zoe, Clova, DJ Lantan and many more. With 5 singles doing well on iTunes, you can anticipate Ray Sytes' upcoming mixtape "Welcome To Guyana", the second episode in his "Welcome To The Far South" series.

Proclaiming leadership of the "Far South Movement", Ray Sytes is reppin' for his country!

CONNECT WITH RAY SYTES
Website: www.raysytes.com
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MIXTAPE: Ray Sytes - Tote My Flag
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VIDEO URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnBp4DJW0SE

25Aug/11

Stage set for ‘Real’ Bollywood Divas Mega concert in Guyana

Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi Chauhan (photo taken from last.fm)

With contracts signed and the National Stadium booked all roads lead to the venue for a real Bollywood concert featuring four mega acts dancing and singing in true Bollywood style in Guyana. Through collaboration with Guyanese and Europe based officials boasting decades of experience, Lux Entertainment has been formed and is ready to take Guyana entertainment offerings to another level. “Think of three or more hours of live performances from names straight out of Bollywood: Sunidhi Chauhan, Neha Dhupia, Riya Sen, Rakshanda Khan…we have got them on contract already!” This concert billed for October 29, will redefined mega concerts in Guyana.

Over the years we have seen a plethora of International shows featuring names from Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados. Most recently some have tapped into the North American market while bollywood has only been brushed. We are not brushing; we are digging deep into an industry that’s considered bigger than Hollywood, hence, this mega event. Bollywood Divas Mega Concert is our private imitative aimed at showcasing to the rest of the world that Guyana is as good a venue as any other country to stage mega events. It also is aimed at attracting tourists to the local shows as these artistes are not billed for any other Caribbean country but are celebrated in most. Our package guarantees a real full length enlightenment of dynamic and entertaining showcase for all despite of culture or creed.
Meet the Divas

Sunidhi Chauhan
Sunidhi is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi film songs in Bollywood Such as ‘Desi Girls’, Sheila Ki Jawani, Aaja Nachle and Mere Mehboob etc. She has also recorded songs for Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati films and is credited with over 2000 songs. She’s is also an excellent exotic high energy Live stage performer. Her breakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma's film Mast, in which she sang the hit song, "Ruki Ruki Si ZindagiShe has been nominated for fourteen Filmfare Awards, winning it on three occasions. She has won two Star Screen Awards, two IIFA Awards and one Zee Cine Award. And she’s still in Bollywood churning out Movies todate.

Nehia Dhupia

Nehia Dhupia (photo taken from gobollywood.com)

Neha Dhupia
Neha Dhupia is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. She is a former beauty queen and winner of Femina Miss India 2002 and placed in the top ten for the Miss Universe 2002. Dhupia made her acting debut in a play in New Delhi called Graffiti. Thereafter she appeared in a music video for Indipop band Euphoria and also modeled for various advertisement campaigns. She then appeared in the TV serial "Rajdhani". In 2002 she entered the Femina Miss India pageant finishing in first place, winning the Femina Miss India Universe title, and was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico. She was placed in the top 10. Dhupia made her film debut in the 2003 Bollywood film Qayamat: City Under Threat (2003), and She rose to fame with her role in the film Julie and then appeared in Sheesha (2005) in a dual role of twin sisters, then starred in films such as Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), which did well at the box office, and also featured in a segment of the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan (2007). In the following years, Dhupia appeared in supporting roles in multiple critically and commercially acclaimed films including Chup Chup Ke (2006), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), Mithya (2008), Maharathi (2008), Singh Is King (2008) and Dasvidaniya (2008). In 2011, she plays Eva Braun in the film Dear Friend Hitler -a film about Mahatma Gandhi. Incidentally she is also a model.

Riya Sen

Riya Sen (photo taken from hotindianactressphotos.com)

Riya Sen
Riya Sen is an Indian film actress and model who hails from a family of actors including her grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen. She began her acting career in 1991 as a child artiste in the film Vishkanya. Her first commercial success in her film career was with Style. Some of her other films include producer Pritish Nandy's musical film, Jhankaar Beats (2003) in Hinglish, Shaadi No. 1 (2005) Malayalam horror film Ananthabhadram (2005).

Riya was first recognised as a model when she performed in Falguni Pathak's music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi. Since then, she has appeared in music videos, television commercials, fashion shows, and on magazine covers. She has been a heartthrob sensation throughout India and is known for her gorgeous smile. Her most recent films are Paying Guest, Action Replayy and De Dana Dan. She has also worked on her first international project with Chris Kattan in IFC's Bollywood Hero.

Rakshanda Khan

Rakshanda Khan

Rakshanda Khan is a former Model and a Television Actress, and an Anchor in the Indian Television Industry. She is better known for her role as Mallika Seth in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, Tanya Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and Roshni Chopra in Kasamh Se. She is the Divas show emcee.

By - Mondale Smith

22Aug/11

Miss Trinidad and Tobago “Davia Chambers” is Miss Jamzone International 2011

Miss Jamzone International Delegates

Miss Jamzone International Delegates

From stage number one at the beach to stage number two on the football field, the day’s event switched gears and prepared for the Miss Jamzone International Pageant. This time the Fusion Sound Company was responsible for delivering the hits and jams (no pun intended) for the evening. After a few minutes of skilled juggling and making the crowds extremely hyper, the pageant’s MC Mondale Smith made his way on stage. He welcomed us all to the coveted event and then informed us that Miss Brazil opted out of the procession (we wonder why). Mr. Smith then introduced the delegates as they made their way on the stage in the form of dance, and announced their names and countries of representation. After their piece, local male group G – Money performed the Jamzone Theme Song. It was a mix of lyrical skills and hype beats that got the crowd moving, but they failed to continue the stellar performance when they belted other hits of their own.

Jory performing at Jamzone Beach Jam

Jory performing at Jamzone Beach Jam

The MC casually faded them off – stage as he reclaimed the microphone and gave a quick message about safe sex and HIV/AIDS. He then made way for the next performer, an overseas based rapper called Colin Banks. According to the crowds’ response, he was better than the G – Money Federation so he milked his time on stage by doing remakes of international hit songs like “Hustle Hard” by Ace Hood and “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa. He didn’t stay long either as Mondale Smith quickly returned to introduce the first official segment of the second wave of the pageant (the first being held at the National Cultural Center on August 17, 2011). It was a cultural showcase of each delegate’s country by way of a costume. Most costumes seemed conventional but Miss Guyana (Jovan Wilson) stood out with her water jug as headwear and Miss St. Kitts and Nevis (Fatisha Imo) did her piece on stilts. After seeing so many pageants we at Guyanlive.com are a little hard to please. Jory was next on stage and produced the best performance of the night, hands down. He did old and new tracks and even teased us with a bit of freestyle, throwing insults at Jamaican flop Vybz Kartel. Even the DJ’s refused to play Kartel’s lyrics, but that is another story. After Jory’s skilled performance we saw the contestants showcase their beauty and poise yet again in the fantasy swimwear segment. The ladies were all attired in pieces that represented their fantasies, from a healthier earth to their country’s blue waters; the audience was continuously thrilled by the showcase. Subsequent to that section, the vibes of the Fusion Sound Company took us into the second half of the evening’s pageant.

Final Four from left: Miss St. Kitts & Nevis, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, Miss Venezuela and Miss Guyana

Final Four from left: Miss St. Kitts & Nevis, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, Miss Venezuela and Miss Guyana

We were welcomed into the second half of the show by Linden’s very own Genesis and Lady Diana, who refreshingly performed tracks that shouted skill, experience and innovation. The crowd agreed and cheers and screams bellowed from every corner. The reigning queen, Miss Lesa – Gayle Wee Tom, gave her final walk as queen in a stunning swimsuit and even said a few words. She encouraged other young women to be themselves and be confident in what they do, she praised Guyana and the Hits and Jams Family for their support and given opportunities and she even spilled a bit of her personal life, telling us all that she took her prize money to pay for her grandmother’s surgery last year. The masses cheered and “awwed” as she poured her heart out. It then came time to give individual prizes to the delegates before announcing the final four. The Beautiful Body Prize went to Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Davia Chambers; the Best Gown Prize went to Miss St. Kitts and Nevis, Fatisha Imo; Miss Congeniality was given to Miss Trinidad and Tobago and Miss Venezuela, Kenlly Aranguren (which is a bit confusing because she speaks only Spanish), in a tie; and Miss St. Kitts and Nevis took away InEfx’s Miss Popularity Prize also, which was a pair of exquisite gold earrings. After some suspense the final four was decided upon by the judges (some of whom were at the first leg of the pageant), and they were; Miss St. Kitts and Nevis, Ms. Trinidad and Tobago, Miss Venezuela and Ms. Guyana. The crowd went hysterical, some saying that Venezuela did not belong there and others being elated that Guyana made it that far.

Miss Jamzone International 2011 - Davia Chambers

Miss Jamzone International 2011 - Davia Chambers

Some more music kept us company and they prepared for the final question segment, which was prepared by all the judges and ladies had to reach into a hat and pick a question that they would then answer. At the end of this exciting section everyone except Ms. Venezuela was a favorite, but Guyanalive.com thinks the language barrier had something to do with that. Then, it came time to announce a winner! Nails were being bitten and nerves were being pushed to the limit as the crowd patiently waited for Mondale Smith to reveal the results. The judges took some time in their deliberations and even went backstage for a while, we presume to take a final look at the four beauties. As they lined up on stage next to each other, the results were being read: Ms. St. Kitts and Nevis gained the third runner up spot, Ms. Venezuela copped the second runner up spot (more shock and awe), and…a long pause and pent up anticipation and frustration, Ms. Guyana secured first runner up which made Ms. Trinidad and Tobago, Davia Chambers, the new Miss Jamzone International Queen 2011. The look of disbelief on Jovan Wilson’s face was priceless, for it seemed that she thought she had the judges eating out of the palms of her hands. However, we believe that the response to the final question, which she failed to properly answer, was her kryptonite. The noise that represented both disgust and praises was ear – splitting, as the new queen was being crowned and made her first official “Reigning Walk”. The DJ from the Fusion Sound Company delivered his congratulations on behalf of Guyana and the Hits and Jams Group before playing a Mavado track that started the after – party.

Miss Guyana(2nd), Miss Jamzone International 2011, Miss Venezuela(3rd)

From left: Miss Guyana(2nd), Miss Jamzone International 2011, Miss Venezuela(3rd)

Naturally, there is some criticism to be expressed. First, we thought that last year’s event was larger but we believe that is in part fault to the no – show of Vybz Kartel. The Guyanalive.com team believes Guyanese lost faith in the H&J name and refused to show up to be given more broken promises, which brings us to the next point. The DJ’s (from Stereo Sonic and Fusion Sound Company) absolutely refused to play any Vybz Kartel song in response to the disrespect he showed this nation, but at the after party we heard tracks from “Di Teacha”. Are we all talks and no actions or do we think that we are too reliant on his music? We suggest that they make a decision and stick with it, period. Then, why were there no portable toilets on the premises? I heard many females complain of the inconvenience of walking quite some distance to stand in line at a crowded bathroom for a lengthy duration. The portable potties would have alleviated this to some extent. And last, we are a little disappointed in the MC Mondale Smith. We usually expect work of high caliber from this media personality, but he was at times out of place while hosting the pageant. His unnecessary and lewd jokes and interactions with the audience sometimes reduced him to sheer arrogance. We recommend that he maintains his professionalism even at a beach, since the delegates and judges saw reason in the level of importance to do so. All in all though, we give it a 7 out of a possible 10 on the Guyanalive.com scale, which brings the grand total score of the Jamzone Summer Break to a possible 7 out of ten also. We are fully aware that Hits and Jams is capable of much bigger and better things so we will wait patiently as 2012 rolls around. Keep up the great work folks and remember to learn from your mistakes.

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By - Patrice Wishart

22Aug/11

Jamzone Summer Break 2011: Beach Jam

Game participant entertaining the patrons

Game participant entertaining the patrons

The curtains came down on the Jamzone Summer Break 2011 with its annual Beach Jam and the final leg and inauguration of the Miss Jamzone International Pageant. On Sunday August 21, 2011 there were lots to be seen and heard as crowds of folks from all around Guyana, the Caribbean and parts of North America, Europe, Africa and Asia (yes, we kid you not!) gathered to witness one of this country’s most epic and highly anticipated events. When the Guyanalive.com team arrived just a little after 14:00hrs the crowds were minimal but steadily growing. While the Stereo Sonic Sound System dished vibes from all facets of life, we noticed persons swimming, riding jet skis and rafts, playing sports and games by the beach and just enjoying themselves to the maximum capacity. Now as we all know, a little music and a lot of alcohol can create some very interesting stories. For instance, while the DJ did his thing, two ladies (one seemed around forty and was dressed in a blue carnival outfit, while the other was younger and draped in a bikini where the top struggled to keep her “assets” in order) were incited to square off.

Jamzone Summer Break 2011

Jamzone Summer Break 2011

After expressing that they were going to dance for nothing but Pounds Sterling or Euros, the audience met them half way with putting a little over G$2,000 in the pot. It was at that time that the blue costume wearer gracefully bowed out, but that did not stop the other contestant from showing her stuff and shaking her “salt shaker” on stage. The masses went crazy, as that “almost contest” sparked a wave of lawlessness and laughter. Persons of all sizes got their fifteen minutes of fame as they jumped on stage and entertained the crowds with their gyrations and acrobatics. After a few attempts by the DJ and Splashmins Security to control the potential onslaught of inappropriateness, Entertainer Kerwin from the Hits and Jams family entered and asked them to leave as he was about to begin the Jamzone Beach Jam Games Segment.

Mackeson Drink Off

Mackeson Drink Off

The first was the Mackeson Drink – Off, sponsored by the fine people at Ansa McAl. Males and females entered the contest and G$5,000 was up for grabs each time. The males went first and the rules were simple, drink two bottles of Mackenson Power Stout without spilling, splashing or throwing any away. The fastest to complete that grueling task was deemed the winner. The people went wild as the men used very different techniques to take home the prize (or spend it there). However, it showed that the slow and steady was usually triumphant, since he finished last but broke no rules (as opposed to everyone else). The ladies had similar rules but only one bottle of stout per female and a short stack of sweetness took the prize home, usurping the fans’ favorite. Then there was the Couples Balloon Bursting Competition, where duos comprising of one male and one female inflated three balloons each and whined to pop them. After much deliberation there was a tie, and popping one more balloon using the same modus operandi would determine who would walk away with the G$10,000.

Fish Burger eating competition

Fish Burger eating competition

Afterward, the White Castle Fish Shop provided fish burgers for the Burger Eating Battle which saw patrons from all walks of life (and all different sizes as well), compete for a whopping G$15,000. In both instances, the slow and steady competitors were victorious, thumping the persons of larger statures. Then, there was the Skull Spin Contest where each player had to place their head on the upper end of a hockey stick and spin on the axis for a period of about two minutes. Both males and females competed for the G$10,000 prize and the laughs were in a large supply. The male winner almost fell into the turntables of Stereo Sonic while the female winner stood her ground for exactly three seconds, before almost launching herself into the crowd.

Skull Spin Game

Skull Spin Game

The vertigo they experienced after the game made it difficult for local entertainer Chow Pow to ensure that they accurately counted their winnings. After that it was only fitting of Hits and Jams to introduce the Best Laugh Competition. No more than 5 persons (similar to previous battles) vied for the G$10,000 prize only if they could wow the audience with their laughs. There were shrieks, screams and some other sounds we cannot identify but the winners of both male and female categories did so with infectiously funny laughs (yes, we know that the irony is thick). After the winners were crowned and gave an encore, the stage was graced with the presence of a bevy of beauties dubbed the “Gizmos & Gadgets Girls”. Dressed in their green and gold, they modeled and danced to the rhythms provided by the DJ.

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By - Patrice Wishart

22Aug/11

Grant-A-Dream Foundation: Alice in Wonderland Fair

Face Painting

Face Painting

On Saturday August 20, 2011 the Georgetown Cricket Club Ground came alive with color, joy and splendor as the Grant – a – Dream Foundation held their first ever charity event, the “Alice in Wonderland” Fair. As visitors, the Guyanalive.com team was pleasantly surprised by the entrance to the event. Decorated with black cloth and paintings to maintain the “wonderland” illusion, the main entrance was similar to that in the world famous children’s movie. Once inside, you were greeted by smiling faces of young adults who either welcomed you to the fund raiser or encouraged to purchase chits in lieu of money, since no actual cash was accepted by any of the bars, booths or games.

Patrons participating in games

Patrons participating in games

There were lots to eat and drink compliments of entities like Ansa Mc Al and Stag Beer, JR Burgers and other establishments. The children (of all ages, and even some young adults) frolicked and screamed with glee as they enjoyed one of the various games and rides. From the bouncing castle to a merry – go – round, from face painting to the infamous “Craze Maze” (copied from the maze Alice traversed through to find other characters in the movie), there was loads of fun to be had. Our favorite was the “craze Maze” indeed. The aim of the game was to trek through the maze and find a hidden rose. If you did, and completed the maze successfully, you were given prizes (usually sweets and other small eatables). There was also a “Queen of Hearts Teen Club” where teenagers and young adults paid G$100 to enter and have a dance party of a lifetime. There were lights, effects and music provided by Pulse Entertainment in this club, and one could stay as long as they please but if they leave they have to pay again to re – enter.

Taking a ride

Taking a ride

The family fair and fund raiser ran until about 20:00hrs and while speaking with some of the sharp minds behind this great venture, Guyanalive.com learned that all proceeds from the affair will be donated to the Pediatric Ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital, to give further aid to its occupants. The Grant – a – Dream Foundation is a non – profit organisation developed and run by young local individuals, that launched about a month ago. Its members are children of some of Guyana’s wealthiest wanting to give back to this beautiful land and make a difference for the future. The membership is not yet open to the public but persons can make donations or offer help in any way by contacting them at www.facebook.com/pages/Grant-a-Dream.com.
The current founders are; Dominique Dias, Chelsea Fung, Alana and Briony Tiwari, Carl Shivraj, Ryan Kirton and Jamaal Douglas.

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By - Patrice Wishart

21Aug/11

Barnwell dominates as athletes win 2nd Celebrity Basketball game

Christopher Barnwell receiving MVP award and Trophy

Christopher Barnwell receiving MVP award and Trophy

West Indies cricketer Christopher Barnwell showed that he could perform as well on the court as on the field when he managed a double at the 2nd Annual Celebrity Basketball game. Barnwell participated as a point guard for the Athletes who played against the Entertainers who won the title last year.

The game was evenly matched up to halftime with Don Gialiani drilling some smooth jumpers and layups for the entertainers, while reporter Edison Jefford and Barnwell led the charge for the Athletes. Heading into halftime the scoreboard read 23-22 in favor of the Entertainers.

Team Athletes

Team Athletes

The Athletes however were not daunted and went on a 6-0 run when play resumed. After this point it was all over as Jefford and Barnwell dominated the offensive boards. Barnwell finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds and was named MVP.

There were highlights too as singer Lisa Punch and table tennis player Jody Ann Blake provided some comical moments when they attempted to dribble the ball. Fitness trainer Curtis McKenzie was certainly fit and fast but lacked coordination thus giving the large crowd added entertainment.

Trophies and Prizes

In the supporting game Youth Basketball Guyana led by Akeem 'the sensational dream' Khanai defeated Knights Basketball club the evening's hosts 44-31. QUALFON got the better of Giftland in a low scoring 21-39 game and LAPARKAN edged Republic Bank 52-49 in the opening game.

Team Entertainers

Team Entertainers

A larger than normal crowd turned out to watch the game even with a Jamzone event being held on the same night. Given the excitement and support generated by the event basketball fans are looking forward to next year.
All proceeds will be donated to the Deaf Institute.

By - Andrew Ross

20Aug/11

Jamzone Regional Night Review

Mavado aka Gully Gad performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2011

Mavado aka Gully Gad performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2011

We at Guyanalive.com think it is only in this beautiful country of ours that an entertainment company can plan a show and have as much hype before the show, like what happened with dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel and the Hits and Jams family. The details are still sketchy as to why the Jamaican artiste did not show (despite being paid a hefty advance), but the show went on with the other item on the list, Mavado. Let us first say that the turnout was quite large, even though most persons complained about the absence of “Di Teacha”. And Mavado held his own with sheer skill, not that we expected any less.

Natural Black performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2011

Natural Black performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2011

The first entertaining item was local star Jory. Those of you who have been to shows that featured Jory know that when we say he was hard, you know we’re telling the truth. He commanded the crowd with his lyrics and made them sway from to side to side, bobbing their heads in jubilation and showing abundant “gun fingers”. That was followed by Guyana – born superstar, Natural Black. He was naturally a performer, with tracks that touch our hearts and our minds. Even though the aroma of marijuana was rampant, the high we experienced was encouraged by fantastic music. We at Guyanalive.com recommend that H&J feature this phenomenon in all their dancehall and reggae acts.

Then, like a pleasant surprise at Christmas time, Mavado entered the stage! Even though there were pauses by the sound system, the National Stadium at Providence wasted absolutely no time grooving to the “Gully God’s Stulla Rhythms”. Hit after hit, like a Mike Tyson fight, Movado delivered to all in attendance. Males and females sang each song (lyric for lyric) while jumping and throwing their hands in their air. The young and the old (well, not too old) never missed a beat while gyrating to the sounds that now helps to define dancehall music.

Jory performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2011

Jory performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2011

Now that we have expressed our joy from being at the Jamzone Regional Night we want to firstly say that it was very devastating to know that the “Gaza King” was not there. Even though we think there would have been some tension between supporters if he was there, we still missed him. We know for a fact that it was out of the promoters’ hands to change the outcome of the show so we will not go further. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the show; ghetto, lively and exciting. On the Guyanalive.com scale we give it a 6 1/2 out of a possible 10, only because Vybz Kartel was absent. Sorry Hits and Jams, better luck next time.

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By - Patrice Wishart

18Aug/11

Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts: All Night Long Video Launch

Melissa Roberts aka Vanilla

Melissa Roberts aka Vanilla

Three time road march queen Melissa 'Vanilla' Roberts is set to release her new music video on Saturday 20th August 2011. The song All Night Long was remixed by one of Brazil's top producers Jeremias Lima of Alquimia Digital following on the heels of the original first release of the song by Kross Kolor Records.

The video was shot entirely on location in Barbados at Fouls and Batts Beach and saw the feature of extras from Barbados, Jamaica. Suriname, St Vincent and Guyana.

The video is the first project done by IRebel Productions of which Vanilla is a member, the company is Caribbean based with members from Guyana, St Vincent and Barbados

The video is directed by Akley 'Irebel' Olton, Director of Photography is Jason Russell, Makeup Artist: Lia Gajadhar: Stylist Candis Birch and Vanilla opposite in the video is Miles Walcott. Vanilla would like to give special recognition the University of the West Indies, Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination for making this video possible.

All Night Long The Brazilian remix will be launched on Saturday the 20th August at 14 hours on your favorite channels. Berbice we are coming your way next weekend. The video will then be aired on other TV stations across Guyana. The launch is sponsored by Kross Kolor Records.

By - Kross Kolor Records

18Aug/11

Miss Jamzone International Pageant 2011 Part 1 Review

Miss Jamzone International 2010 - Lesa-Gayle Wee Tom

Miss Jamzone International 2010 - Lesa-Gayle Wee Tom

Miss Guyana Jamzone - Jovan Wilson

Miss Guyana Jamzone - Jovan Wilson

As patrons filled the seats at the National Cultural Center on August 17, 2011, excitement filled the air as they prepared to watch what has been proposed as the best pageant in local history. At around 8:30, the National Anthem (first and last stanzas) was sung by a local boy group, officiating the beginning of the Miss Jamzone International Pageant – Part 1. The reigning queen, Ms. Lesa – Gayle Tom, was brought in by oiled, buff young men to the beats of African drums, as she introduced herself and spoke about her past year on a voice – over recording. She strutted from end to end of the stage, while letting the gathered subliminally know that the next winner has enormous shoes to fill.

Miss Jamaica - Deandra Doyley

Miss Jamaica - Deandra Doyley

Miss Brazil

Miss Brazil

It was after this that the delegates danced their way to center stage to the melodies of African music as they introduced themselves. Naturally, Miss Brazil and Miss Venezuela both had translators, since they speak Portugese and Spanish respectively. However, their translator did not do them justice as she failed time and time again to relate the statements and questions by our MC’s throughout the show. We at Guyanalive.com hope she wasn’t paid, since that would have been a waste of money. The 11 delegates were; Ms. Latisha Greene of Antigua and Barbuda, Ms. Kenlly Aranguren of Venezuela, Ms. Rhea Cummings of Barbados, Ms. Deandra Doyley of Jamaica, Ms. Davia Chambers of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Patrish Lionel of St. Lucia, Ms. Fatisha Imo of St. Kitts/Nevis, Ms. Ellen Lima of Brazil, Ms. Marcia Baptiste of Dominica, Ms. Stacey Norine Ceder of Suriname and Ms. Jovan Wilson of Guyana. From the inception, the crowd’s favorites were all the delegates except Ms. Brazil and Ms. Barbados. We then met the MC’s for the evening, the beautiful and intelligent Ms. Tamika Henry, a former Miss Guyana Universe, and Mr. Godfrey Munroe, a National Table Tennis Star and a horrible orator. He stuttered, slurred, fumbled, rarely looked up at the audience or the cameras and had poor choices of words. He was tolerated for the first half of the show but the audience became annoyed by the second half. After we got to know the evening’s MC’s we then saw a vibrant African dance by the Classique Dance Company, who is set to embark to the United States of America very soon to put on a grand show. At this interval Ms. Henry decided to inform us that the theme for the show was “African” in nature, since this is The Year for People of African Descent, but there will be other cultural pieces. We then had an opportunity to meet the judges of the competition: Mr. Kemraj Persaud, Mr. Alan Donovan, Dr. Ingrid Cox – Pierre, Mr. Gordon Mosely, Mrs. Patricia Woolford and Mr. Ramesh Geer, who we do not envy since their task before them is one of great proportions.

Miss Antigua and Barbuda - Latisha Greene

Miss Antigua and Barbuda - Latisha Greene

Miss Barbados - Rhea Cummings Jordan

Miss Barbados - Rhea Cummings Jordan

It then came time for the Swimsuit Segment of the pageant and their jealous eyes and wagging tongues. The suits, designed by local fashionista Pat Coates, fit the ladies superbly and they wore them with sheer grace and pride. That being said the masses’ favorites were Ms. Brazil, Ms. Dominica, Ms. Guyana, Ms. Suriname and Ms. Trinidad and Tobago. There were cheers and groans as each contestant came on stage and showed their curves (of their smiles and their bodies) but those mentioned ladies received a more favorable response. Following that epic segment, we were all thrilled by an amazing Indian dance by a local group called the Dancing Delights. They swayed and shook to the sounds of cultural Indian song and the crowd roared with appreciation. Let us just say that we think the Miss Jamzone International Pageant had the best lighting, sound and special effects of any pageant we have seen in some time (and we have seen quite a few), despite the audio glitches which at times became frustrating. Many blame the staff and equipment of the National Cultural Center, but we refuse to speculate.