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31Aug/12

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31Aug/12

Jumo goes Dancehall with…BADMIND!

Jumo Primo

Jumo Primo

Just when you thought that rubber waist Jumo was confined to soca, reggae and a few RnB vibes he's up and about producing music again.

This time dancehall… We all have had cause at some time or the other to say that someone is grudge-full, envious or in layman's terms bad-mind. That's the exact name of the vibe that Jumo primo is dishing at this time with his new soon to be released dancehall single.  Not only has he done an audio track but he has produced a video that tells the story all too clear:

"Some people pretend to be your friend but they want to see you suffer, others wish you well to your face but there hearts tell another story and when you are progressing lord knows your best friend becomes your worst enemy", says Primo.

While some of us will have a confrontation on various levels Jumo has put to music those experiences on a track produced by Lil J out of KKR while the video was produced by Brian Roberts of honestillusions.com in Brooklyn NY.

The launch is set for Saturday, September 7 on all major television stations in Guyana and on the World Wide Web.

He is hoping that it will catch on fast and make its way into the dancehall mainstream market as it has got a grove similar to an I-octane flavor. "It's  from my heart and my own experience  coupled  with  that of  people I've interacted with… a lot of people  can and will identify  with  the  storyline and the lyrical flow," Primo  said.

At present the video is not for sale but it can be downloaded from youtube, facebook and on twitter.  Meanwhile even as this is the new focus he has not shifted from soca and will be defending his title as monarch come 2013 on both fronts (Groovy and Power soca).  As he puts it this track is just a different mood. His last release was a soulful reggae love story called 'dying days' and to his name he's got 4 video as  a solo artistes . As a member of times 2 they have ten videos and countless audio singles. X2 has just completed a tour of four US states and Canada.

Deejays seeking a copy of the song can drop Jumo an email at jumo1000@yahoo.com

By Mondale Smith

Watch it NOW!! --> Jumo - Badmind

29Aug/12

Jamzone International Night Super Concert: Truly Epic!

Don Gialiani performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Don Gialiani performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Scores of hip-hop and rap lovers converged at the Guyana National Stadium for Jamzone’s International Night Super Concert featuring Macka Diamond, Spice, Elephant Man and the big Maybach Music Boss himself, Rick Ross.

Jay Anderson performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Jay Anderson performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Though, the concert was dubbed "International Night" the only international performer there was Rick Ross. (And maybe I can include the Guyanese artistes who live and record music overseas for good measure). The concert started with our very own emerging local rappers. The winners of the HJ Rick Ross competition – Blaze Antonio and Adijay - got their five minutes of fame and an opportunity to show Guyanese why they won the competition in the first place. Other rappers, Jay Anderson, Gialiani and a young man going by the name of "Black Cotton" also did their bit, showcasing their artistic styles and colourful lyrics. No doubt, Guyana has an excellent cluster of very talented and impressive young rappers.

Macka Diamond performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Macka Diamond performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

On the road to the climax, we shifted from rap to dancehall and welcomed our Jamaican neighbours to the stage. First up was Miss Money O, Macka Diamond. She might seem a little aged and she might have looked like a hot mess with that outfit but she definitely knows how to hold a crowd. She belted out hits such as "Bun Him", "Money O", "Lexus and Benz", "Hula Hoop" and "Robbery". She jumped off of the stage onto the platform below and invited a young lady to join her. Miss Pink hair took over the microphone and started to sing "Bun Him" in full Macka Diamond style, movements and all. We have our very own Macka Diamond in Guyana, who knew?!

Spice performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Spice performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Macka make way for Spice. Spice is name and nature, she brought with her the pizzazz and vulgarity that she is most commonly known for. Her black cat suit did not restrict her from gyrating her body. She sang for the patrons "Jim Screechie", "Hot Patty Wine", ‘Fight Over Man" and Not My Fault". She paid homage to her fellow Jamaican artistes currently behind bars, namely Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal and Buju Banton". The highlight of her performance came when she was tamed by the young man she invited on stage; she asked him to 'give it to her' like she’s never gotten it before and ... 'he didn’t spoil her, she got it good.

Elephant Man performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Elephant Man performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

'The Energy Man, Elephant Man was the final performer to grace the stage before the main act of the evening. Energy! Energy! Energy! And more energy! Between jumping on the speaker box, dissing one of his entourage members and dancing with his youngest child, Elephant man dished out his very famous hits such as "Pon De River", "Nuh Linga", "Bun Bad Mind", Over Di Wall" and "Willie Bounce".

Rick Rozay Ross performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

Rick Rozay Ross performing at Jamzone Summer Break 2012 International Night

These performances all created the hype needed for the climax of the concert. The main reason many persons were at the Stadium in the first place was introduced. He came on stage to shouts and screams from fans –both men and women – who were all very happy to finally see him in Guyana. Mr. Huh didn’t disappoint. Rick Rozay’s performance was everything. Many have been singing these songs for months but to finally hear them from the Boss himself was beyond epic. He belted out tracks such as "Aston Martin Music", "Hustlin", "MMG Untouchable", "Stay Schemin’", "Yella Diamonds", "Holy Ghost" and "Im A Boss" to name a few. The Maybach Music Boss even said "this is my first time here but I'm certain it won't be the last time Guyana". Should we look out for him again, sometime soon?! I know many persons would like that. Rick Ross was definitely the "Boss" of the show. A class act!

Kudos to Hits & Jams for putting this together and praise Jesus, Rick Ross didn’t get sick again this time.

26Aug/12

Jamzone Regional Night 2012 ‘TUN UP’

Jory performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2012

Jory performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2012

The Guyana National Stadium was definitely the place to be last evening as thousands attended the Jamzone Regional Night Super Concert featuring Jamaican artistes Cham, Konshens and Bounty Killer. (Mavado was slated to perform as well, but due to a “travel document” issue he was unable to make it to Guyana).

The concert was truly an entertaining one. The show started after 12 with Guyanese Jory Hector opening the performances. Mr. Ah De Real Thing did an amazing job in hyping the crowd as he belted out his hottest songs such as “Down Deh”, “Blackberry”, “Let It Guh Suh” and his very famous “Mr Limpy J”.

 

 

 

Baby Cham performing at Jamzone REgional Night 2012

Baby Cham performing at Jamzone REgional Night 2012

Jory made way for Cham who took us from classics such as “Ghetto Story”, “Many Many”, “Strange Things” (to name a few) to hits such as “Wine”, “Backway”, “Drop it” and “Tun Up”. Cham mentioned that he had a special surprise for everyone; that surprise came in the form of the very pretty, Ophelia, commonly known as O, his wife who accompanied him on stage and together they sang “Tun Up”. Cham was full of energy and he enjoyed showing off his expert dance moves throughout his performance.

The next performer to grace the stage with his presence, cute smile and signature red head was Konshens. He had the Guyana National Stadium in a frenzy as he had everyone dancing to songs such as “Realest Song”, “Do Sumn”, “Good Girl Gone Bad”, “A So Mi Tan”, “Hot Patty” and the girls anthem “Gal A Bubble” to name a few. Of course, he invited a young woman on stage to dance with him and of course he took off his shirt and of course the ladies loved it . Utterly lively and full of excitement are just two ways to describe his performance.

Konshens performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2012

Konshens performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2012

The Warlord also known as the Five Star General most commonly known as Bounty Killer headlined the concert and though he took the dancehall merriment down a notch, his fans truly enjoyed his performance. The Ghetto Gladiator satisfied his fans by belting out hits such as "Bullet Proof Skin", "Benz and Bimmer", "Get Gyal Everyday", "Dangerously" and "Want War", to name a couple.

Bounty Killer was also honoured by the  Hits & Jams Entertainment Group and received the third Jamzone Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was presented to The Warlord by Jory Hector on behalf of the group.

 

 

Bounty Killa performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2012

Bounty Killa performing at Jamzone Regional Night 2012

Jamzone Regional Night 2012 exceeded all expectations. Though, Mavado was missed by some persons, they were greatly compensated for his no-show by the excellent performances of these very gifted Jamaican dancehall artistes and Guyana's very own dancehall sensation, Jory.

Let's see if Jamzone's International Night Super Concert , slated for tonight, featuring Elephant Man, Spice, Macka Diamond and the 'illest' hip hop boss in the game, Rick Ross can top this.

24Aug/12

Hits and Jams all set for epic Jamzone Weekend

Jamzone Ticking Information

Jamzone Ticking Information

Only three days remain before we say goodbye to Jamzone Summer Break 2012 and the Hits and Jams team are preparing to close the annual festival in epic style! The two most talked about shows of 2012 and the Jamzone Beach Jam are set to begin this weekend! Several of the artistes booked for the Jamzone Regional Night concert, including Jamaican five star general of music, Bounty Killer and 'Gyal a bubble' singer, Konshens, are already in Guyana!

Prepare for three uninterrupted days of fun and incredible entertainment! This is what you've been waiting for all year! This Friday night, you will see live performances by Dancehall's brightest stars at the Jamzone Regional Night concert. The following night, hip hop's 'biggest boss', Rick 'Rozay' Ross, will headline one of the most anticipated Jamzone International Night concerts ever held. Jamaican stars Elephant Man, Spice and Macka Diamond will also join the rap prodigy on the Jamzone stage!

On Sunday, the Jamzone trail leads to the Splashmins Fun Park and Resort for the longest running Jamzone event, the Beach Jam! One will experience an amazing day of family this Sunday! Jamzone 12 will end on a VERY high note as we intend to party all day into the night! Bring out the picnic baskets and bask in the beautiful ambience of this nature resort. There will be lots of incredible games and activities for the entire family. When the sun sets, top artistes and performers will take the main stage for the grand 'beach concert'.
Get your tickets now at Glamour Designer Brands and Ashmins Trading to be a part of Guyana's greatest festival!

23Aug/12

Miss Jamaica is the new Miss Jamzone International 2012

Miss Jamzone International 2012: Kerrie Baylis of Jamaica

Miss Jamzone International 2012: Kerrie Baylis of Jamaica

Miss Jamaica, Kerri Baylis has won the title of Miss Jamzone International 2012 in a very cultural ceremony held last evening at the National Cultural Centre.

Baylis came out victorious over eight other beauties to cop the first prize of US$10, 000 and "bragging rights" for a year. Miss St. Lucia, Louise Victor secured the first runner-up position, while Miss St. Kitts & Nevis, Trevicia Adams, copped the second runner up spot. The other girls in the top five were Miss Guyana, Ayana Harris, third runner up and Miss Trinidad & Tobago, Renee Bhagwandeen, fourth runner up.

The Miss Jamzone International Pageant offered a refreshing insight into the sounds and cultures of our Caribbean neighbours. The delegates took us on an extremely fascinating voyage to each of the countries represented through their cultural wear presentations, their country presentations, some through their fantasy swimwear and others through facets of their evening gowns. We got to listen to the delegates in an off the cuff question and answer interview and then of course, the final question.

Miss Jamaica doing her Cultural Presentation

Miss Jamaica doing her Cultural Presentation

Baylis was a crowd favourite from her very first appearance on stage. In the cultural wear segment the delegates showcased elements of their countries; they did this by modeling to songs from their countries. When Miss Jamaica came onstage to Konshens' "Gal A Bubble" the National Cultural Centre went crazy. All eyes were on her from this moment on!

The country presentations allowed the delegates to emphasize the most amazing aspects of their countries. Miss Guyana, Miss British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Miss Jamaica were the favourites in this category. The delegates were fluent, theatrical, confident and interacted well with the audience. Feisty Miss Jamaica highlighted Jamaica through dance taking us all the way back to the ‘boggle' and ending with her favourite "Gal A Bubble". Miss Suriname stumbled miserably because of taunts from the crowd and Miss Venezuela REALLY needed a translator.

The fantasy swimwear segment of the competition gave the delegates an opportunity for them to create a swimwear that represented them, a fantasy or their country. Miss Guyana's was the absolute best and made completely out of seashells.

Miss Jamaica: Kerrie Baylis in her Fantasy Wear

Miss Jamaica: Kerrie Baylis in her Fantasy Wear

The delegates also modeled in customary swimwear designed by Guyanese, Pat Coates. The evening gown competition posed another chance for the girls to highlight their country, or themselves!

The third Jamzone Lifetime Achievement Award was given last night and the recipient of that award was legendary cricketer, Mr. Clive Lloyd. He was presented with his award by Hits and Jams representative, Rawle Ferguson.

There were a number of special prizes for the delegates; these included prizes for: Miss Congeniality, awarded to Miss Guyana; Miss Body Beautiful, Miss Jamaica; Miss Fantasy Swimwear, Miss Guyana; Best Evening Gown, Miss Jamaica; Best Country Presentation, Miss Jamaica and Best Country Dress, Miss Jamaica.

 

 

From left: Miss Jamzone International 2011 Davia Chambers, Miss Jamzone International 2012 Kerrie Baylis, Miss United Nations Soyini Fraser

From left: Miss Jamzone International 2011 Davia Chambers, Miss Jamzone International 2012 Kerrie Baylis, Miss United Nations Soyini Fraser

After the top five delegates were selected they were all asked one final question: "At the end of life what would you want to be most happy about?" Miss Trinidad and Tobago stated that what she would be most happy about is – "living life to the fullest, no regrets, and loving who loves her the most". Miss Guyana said the fact that she would have completed her degree, follow her dreams as a marketing consultant, with a husband and maybe three children - would make her most happy at the end of life. Miss St. Lucia alluded to the fact that she is very family oriented, and that she would be most happy to know that they (her family) were there for her through her struggles and successes (credit holly). Miss St. Kitts & Nevis thought that making her mother and father proud and following her career goals would make her most happy at the end of life. And finally, Miss Jamaica, she believed that making a difference in the world … making an impact would make her most happy. She also went on to say that we are here on earth to touch lives and being able to do that would make her most happy.

And the results were tabulated and without a doubt and by a landslide … Miss Jamaica won! The National Culture Centre was pleased.

The judges for the evening were television personality, Joel Ghansham; founder of Aspara, Chandini Rambalak Ramnarain; Miss Jamzone 2007 and Miss Guyana World 2008, Christa Simmons; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Steve Ninvalle; Runner up in the Miss Guyana Universe 2002 and Miss Guyana World 2005, Ulex Fung and Ms Guyana Renaissance 2007, Simone Beckles.

The Pageant was hosted by Miss Jamzone 2005, Shonette Moore.

Entertainment was also provided by local singers Lisa Punch, Jackie Hanover, Calvin Burnett, Brandon Harding, George Anthony Abrams and dances by Mr. Cheeks & group and an emerging dancehall trio.

By Slimchick

22Aug/12

Jamzone Summer Break 2012: A Wonderful Evening of Jazz, Fashion and Food

Bandstand at Promenade Gardens

Bandstand at Promenade Gardens

The décor, the ambience and the unique concept were just some of the ingredients that made the Jamzone Summer Break 2012 event themed “A Night of Jazz, Fashion and Food“ a resounding success.

Held at the Promenade Gardens, A Night of Jazz, Fashion and Food got off to a late start but exceeded expectations.  The bandstand in the centre of the Garden doubled as a stage and chairs and tables were decorated around it. The evening started with a lovely jazz rendition by the Parkside Jazz Sextet. Parkside is usually known for its amazing steel pan performances, so you can very much imagine how beautifully and harmoniously they executed their jazz performance.

Timing the Beat

Timing the Beat

The “Jazz“ aspect of the show did not only focus on instruments and groups but we were also entertained by the melodious voices of some of our very gifted local singers. The first to perform was Lisa Punch. In my opinion she is severely underrated. Lisa in her presentation took us on a journey through a breakup, the heartache that comes with it, witnessing her loved one being married to someone else and then in the end finding love again. She did all this through a number of jazz songs, ending with the famous Etta James number, 'At Last'.

When we talk fashion, we imply pieces being displayed by talented local designers modeled by the beautiful Miss Jamzone International 2012 delegates. The first set of designs were those of Maxi Williams, who recently competed in the Designer's Portfolio Competition and will be very soon showcasing his designs in Paris. (Yay him!!!)The line he displayed was called “Black and White: A Night in Paris.“ Truly astonishing runway pieces!

Guitarist feeling the vibes

Guitarist feeling the vibes

The next jazz group to perform was the Excellence Jazz Group. The group and their two vocalists belted out a series of celebrated jazz hits including “One In A Million You“, “New York, New York“ and “At Last“ among others.

After their performance, the Miss Jamzone International 2012 delegates were invited on stage to present their pieces to be auctioned to the gathering and to say which charity the proceeds from their sale would go to. I guess you're probably wondering, what auction? One of the components of the evening was a Dutch auction, however the items were just presented and bidders will get a chance to bid on their item of choice on Thursday at an event that will be held at the Sidewall Café and Jazz Club.

Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Renee Bhagwandeen presented her item which was a necklace made by her grandfather, who also told her that when you give someone a necklace it means that they'll remain close to your heart; her charity is the Ice Truck Sweethearts. Next was Miss British Virgin Island (BVI), Jasmine Perez, her contribution is a Queen Cockleshell, which was painted to represent various sights of the BVI, her charity is the Ladies of SASS (Strong, Ambitious, Smart and Successful). Miss Guyana, Ayana Harris, presented an item made by the Amerindians for an Amerindian Chief, her charity is the Beacon of Hope. Miss St. Lucia, Louise Victor, presented an antique painting of St. Lucia and her charity is the Red Foundation, arm of one of the country's Carnival bands. (Revelry and Feting are not what they're all about.)  Miss Venezuela, Ivany Guzman, showcased a painting for her country but she was unable to tell us about her charity because she is not very fluent in English. (HINT! HINT! An interpreter is needed please). Miss St. Kitts and Nevis, Trevicia Adams, presented a painting done by one of the island's local painters; the painting depicted the island's capital city, her charity is Generation Change (credit holly). Next up was Miss Jamaica, Kerrie Baylis, whose contribution was a hand craved wood carving, her charity is one founded by her best friend, Yendi Phillip's (Miss Jamaica World 2010). Miss St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Shemon Baptiste, presented an item made solely from Banana leaves, her charity is the Helping Hands Centre, a centre that works solely with children with cerebral palsy. And finally Miss Suriname, Elisa Tolud, showcased an Indian hammer wood carving, her charity is the Pink Ribbon, a charity working to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Miss Jamzone International 2011: Davia Chambers

We were treated to some more fashion, this time from brilliant designer Mwanza Glenn, runner-up in the Designer's Portfolio Competition. His designs were very afrocentric and were all linked to domestic violence.

Hits and Jams Entertainment honoured their second individual last evening. This time, Mr. Eze Rockcliffe, founder of the Yoruba Singers, was the special honouree for his contribution towards music in Guyana. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hits and James representative, Simeon Francis. He also received an airline ticket from LIAT to any destination of his choice.

The final jazz band of the evening was the six member, GT Jazz Project. Accompanying the sextet were two of the country's very exceptional singers. First to perform was Celeste David and then Jackie Hanover; both doing beautiful jazz renditions maintaining the blissful mood that was set from the very beginning. Pamela Gittens, the band's lone female and lead singer joined the group to close off the evening's proceedings.

FOOD! I didn't mention much about the food in 'A Night of Jazz, Fashion and FOOD', my apologies. Assortments of local cuisine were available to all to consume and enjoy. I didn't indulge too much in the latter because I was totally engrossed in the jazz and fashion aspect of things.

The evening was truthfully an evening of sheer delight. The uniqueness and the fact that you got to enjoy all this pleasure whilst sitting under the stars was justly romantic. Too romantic, at one time I thought to myself, but why I am here alone? But something beautiful happened elsewhere, either through music or fashion, and that thought quickly vanished. J

Kudos to Hits and Jams Entertainment for a lovely evening!

By Slimchick

20Aug/12

Miss Jamzone International 2012 Delegates: Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis

Miss Suriname: Elise Tolud

Miss Suriname: Elise Tolud

Name: Elisa Tolud

Age: 18

Country: Suriname

Occupation: Student

Hobbies: Modeling and playing volleyball

Life's ambition: I wish to one day become a child psychologist and own a children's shelter. I love kids and will dedicate my life towards helping them.

 

Miss St Kitts and Nevis: Trevicia Adams

Miss St Kitts and Nevis: Trevicia Adams

 
 

Name: Trevicia Adams

Age: 21

Country: St Kitts and Nevis

Occupation: Bank Teller

Hobbies: Dancing and listening to music

Life's ambition: I'm currently pursuing a degree in marketing, which I hope will be the first step towards my dream of one day owning a prestigious Marketing Consulting Firm.

20Aug/12

Miss Jamzone International 2012 Delegates: British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Jamaica

Miss British Virgin islands: Jasmine Perez

Miss British Virgin islands: Jasmine Perez

Name: Jasmine Perez

Age: 23

Country: British Virgin Islands

Occupation: Radio personality

Hobbies: Reading, Socializing, Dancing, Photography and organizing community service projects

Life's ambition: I hope to own an entertainment network in the Caribbean which would include radio and television broadcast. I will work tirelessly to produce original and quality programming for this network.

 

 

Miss St Vincent and Grenadines : Shemon Baptiste

Miss St Vincent and Grenadines : Shemon Baptiste

 
 
Name: Shemon Baptiste

Country: St Vincent & the Grenadines

Age: 22

Occupation: Teacher

Hobbies: Singing, dancing, painting, drawing, hiking

Life's ambition: I would love to become an engineer. I had really wanted to do civil with environmental engineering but I have fallen in love with mechanical engineering. I feel at home reading and studying it.

 

 

Miss Jamaica : Kerrie Baylis

Miss Jamaica : Kerrie Baylis

Miss Jamaica!

Name: Kerrie Baylis

Country: Jamaica

Age: 23

Occupation: Insurance Underwriter

Hobbies: Dancing, going to the beach, watching movies, swimming, working out at the gym, modeling, travelling

Life's ambition: My life's ambition is to be healthy and happy…happy in life, happy in love, happy in work. I'm 23 years old, I just graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in law and I currently work in insurance. My journey has just begun. I'm still learning and exploring so my life's ambition is to be happy and successful in any and everything I do. Live with no regrets!

20Aug/12

Miss Jamzone International 2012 Delegates: Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Guyana

Miss Trinidad and Tobago: Renee Bhagwandeen

Miss Trinidad and Tobago: Renee Bhagwandeen

Name: Renee Bhagwandeen

Age: 23

Country: Trinidad and Tobago

Occupation: Professional Model

Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, exploring different cultures, teaching children, organizing events against puppy mills and Human Trafficking.

Life's ambition: My ambition is to become a successful entrepreneur and open my own children's charity. With God's grace, I would like to be successful in all that I do.

 

 

 

Miss Guyana: Ayana Harris

Miss Guyana: Ayana Harris

Name: Ayana Harris

Age: 23

Country: Guyana

Occupation: Student

Hobbies: Modeling, watching cricket & football, cooking and interacting with friends and family via social networks.

Life's ambition: I wish to become an established Marketing Consultant.

 

 

Miss Venezuela: Xiomery Medina

Miss Venezuela: Xiomery Medina

Name: Xiomery Medina

Age: 20

Country: Venezuela

Occupation: Student

Hobbies: Dancing, modeling, listening to music

Life's ambition: I would love to model on the catwalks of Madrid! My dream is to be a professional model!