Last Friday night, Everest Ground quaked beneath eight thousand dancing feet at Hits and Jams' fourth 'All Black' mega-party. It would be an understatement to say the event was successful. The most outrageous, creative and eye-catching black outfits were on display that night. People arrived in cliques. Some even came by the busloads from every corner of the country to experience this truly remarkable event.
The DJs were probably the most popular people of the night. They controlled the party and the crowd with the precision of a classical music conductor directing an orchestra of thousands. No matter what they played, the crowd danced. It was an amazing thing to see.
There were no known incidents. Everyone went to have fun and they did just that.
Hits and Jams would like to thank all those who attended the 'Black in Imax' party. Your support has inspired the team to make the next 'Black' party an even greater event. If you missed this one, there's always next year.
The Bank of Guyana presented Fashion Extravaganza last Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Theatre Guild. The celebration was held in honour of the Bank's 47th Anniversary and featured designs from three local designers and performances by some of our very gifted local ladies.
The show began with the colourful and very jovial designs by Sha Sha Designs', Keisha Edwards. The line called Summer Fun featured pieces that screamed cosiness, fun and excitement.
It was kind of hard to distinguish the seasoned models from the Bank of Guyana models because they all moved like professionals. Who knew Central Bank had all that talent, but more importantly who knew that they were interested and very willing to support local talent? The evening's extravaganza is testimony of the Bank's attentiveness and readiness to promote local talent.
The almost packed Theatre Guild was serenaded by two of Guyana's most remarkable singers. They were both given much exposure during this year's Jamzone Summer Break and it was pleasing to see them both appearing at Central Bank's Fashion Extravaganza. Lisa Punch treated the audience to two of her very own songs, Secret Admirer and How We Party; the latter inspired by her three year old brother. She has a captivating voice (and will one day grow up to make millions).
The next designer to present her pieces was Patricia Helwig. Her line called Ethnic Fusion featured an eccentric mix of ethnic clothing for both men and women. Her African pieces were displayed with suitable head wraps to match. So if ever you're looking for exquisite African pieces and/or head wraps, Mrs. Helwig is the woman to contact. Jackie Hanover is the second exceptional singer I alluded to earlier. She's a screamer, but her notes are constantly on point and Adele and Etta James would both be very pleased to know that she sings their songs brilliantly.
A special appearance was made by Miss Guyana Universe, Ruquayyah Boyer who treated the audience to her spoken word piece which speaks to social issues affecting society.
The final designer to showcase her pieces was Zarinah Hameed with a line called Natural Mystic. Her line is a synthesis of cultural and contemporary designs. She caters for both men and women and outfits for any occasion.
The evening wasn't just modelling and singing, the audience was also treated to an enthralling interpretative piece by two dancers from the Classique Dance Company.
And to end the show, Keisha Edwards got another chance to wow the crowd with more pieces from Sha Sha Designs. The event though dubbed a Fashion Extravaganza featured much more than just fashion - outstanding, laudable, Guyanese talent was on display.
The very lively Mondale Smith was the MC for the event.
Kudos to the Bank of Guyana for coordinating this event, the performers and designers for providing the entertainment and the audience for celebrating with the Bank! Evening well spent.
By Schemel Patrick
Spice, Tanya Stephens, Pamputtee join cast
The Conscious Minds Promotions has released several more mega caribbean dancehall and reggae queen names to add to the 'November to Remember 2' cast for the true experience of 'The Night of the Divas' mega concert. The event is billed for November 17 at the National Stadium, Providence.
The promotions group that is continuing its drive to add to the development of the entertainment industry has announced that in addition to Dance Hall self styled Grammy Award Winner Misses Lady Saw the other names carded for the Jamaican segment of the show now includes Spice who has hits such as 'Ramping Shop,' 'Slim vs. Fluffy' and 'Jim Screechie, the fluffy and sexy diva-luscious Pampute of fluffy gyal fame, and Gaza Kim. As if that line up is not enough all conscious vibes, truth seeking ladies and men who want to dig into the women's secret bag of emotions and tricks the very conscious vibes lyricist Tanya Stephens. A mega soca line up out of Trinidad is likely to be named shortly as' the night of the divas' event is said to be one to celebrate and showcase the different sides of women in the face of all the hurts, disappointments and successes she is still as a rose.
Since bursting on to the music scene in 1994 Marian 'Lady Saw' Hall has produced eight and counting albums to her name such as 'Lover Girl', 'Give me a reason,' 'walk out,' 'my way' and 99 ways etc. Lady Saw received a gold certification from the R.I.A.A. for "Smile" with Vitamin C, a triple-platinum certification from the R.I.A.A. for "Underneath It All", her 2003 collaboration with No Doubt, and a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group for her featured performance on No Doubt's single "Underneath It All". She recorded such songs as "Freedom of Speech" and enjoyed a big hit in Jamaica with "Hardcore" in 1985, which was followed up with "Welding Torch." She also recorded "Condom," warning girls of the dangers of unprotected heterosexual sex. Lady Saw recorded duets with major stars, including Beenie Man, Luciano, Dennis Brown, Bounty Killer and Beres Hammond.
By the mid-1990s she moved away from slackness towards "conscious" lyrics. In 1999 she had a major hit in the United States with "Smile", recorded with Vitamin C, which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, also a major hit in New Zealand and Canada, and certified gold with over 500,000 sales. In 2002, her collaboration with No Doubt, "Underneath It All", which reached number three in the US and sold more than three million copies, reaching triple platinum certification. The track won a Grammy Award for'Best Performance by a Duo or Group'. Lady Saw is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artist and is also touted as the first woman to headline dancehall shows outside her native Jamaica. She launched her own record label, Divas Records, in January 2010 and has since released a single 'no less than a woman,' a song that addresses the issue of women who have not been able to birth a child of their own. The Lyrics that encourages women to understand “ not having a child don't make you any less than a woman, I got so much love to give to so much unwanted kids” as message that mirrors he life experience.
Spice returns yet again
The 'Jim Screechie queen', Spice, is billed to return after two high-energy performances in Guyana and is promising an even more exciting return. Guyana knows her capabilities on stage as while she was originally contracted for one Guyanese performance, Spice made such an impression on her Guyanese fans, that she was immediately booked by yet another promoter for another event the following day. She is quoted as stating "I love my Guyanese fans. It was such great energy and the vibe was really crazy for both events. The turnout, even for the last-minute event was phenomenal, but it just shows what can happen when you hit the stage with a great set and give the fans their money's worth." The mother of two, made the radical decision to hit the stage one week after the birth of her daughter, NichoLatoya and stated back then that “... I'm a naturally assertive person and I go after anything I want. I was in a position where I was physically fit to hit the stage again, so why hold back?"
The deejay is known for her'spicy' tracks, Fight Ova Man, Ramping Shop (featuring the equally controversial, Vybz Kartel), Back Broad, Slim vs. Fluffy (featuring Pamputtae), Jim Screechie and others.
"Tony is a fabulous producer and his stuff has always been mainly cross-over material. With the two tracks, fans can definitely expect the unexpected. In the same way that Jim Screechie caught persons off-guard because they didn't expect that kind of flow from me, the two songs are gonna do that," she says. Her other songs include 'I Wanna Know' and Keep It All as well as 'Me Good'.
Tanya Stephens ready to give conscious diva vibes.
Be it the National Park or a club Tanya Stephens has proven that she's all about lyrics and message to empower women and to dish the dirt on reality for men to wake up and celebrate their women despite. She's been to Guyana on several occasions and somehow fans can never get enough of her no matter what and she's ready to dish the unadulterated truth be it a little white lie, a good ride, on these streets. This mother of a teenage daughter is not afraid to dish it to the man (the powers that be) or the KKK and she' bold enough to tell a married man lustfully that 'it's a pity' or 'you nuh ready feh this yet. ' Her Repertoire is endless and she's ready to serve it all up to her Guyanese fans.
The Igloo Ice Cream National Junior Hockey Championships came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday afternoon at the national gymnasium when arch rivals Hikers and GCC treated the crowd to a memorable Under 21 Men's Final. The two day tournament which featured six categories was the highlight of the year for the 102 junior hockey players that represented their club and school teams. After GCC All Stars, GCC and Hikers took home the Under 13, Under 16 Girls and Under 16 Boys titles respectively on the opening day, Sunday was the schools and under 21 players turn to take center stage.
First up it was Marion Academy, St. John's College, St. Stanislaus College, Queens College and the surprise of the tournament Christ Church who produced some entertaining hockey in the morning session. Marion Academy finished the preliminary rounds as the top team and faced the 4th seed Christ Church in the first semifinal but it was the underdogs who produced the shock of the tournament when they came from behind to pull off 2-1 upset. The other semifinal featured St. Stanislaus College against longtime rivals Queen's College who exacted revenge for their shock defeat earlier in the year with a 5-0 demolition of the Brickdam school. QC took their momentum into the finals and went past a proud Christ Church 3-0 to become the first National Schools Champion.
In the Under 21 Girls category the GCC girls once again proved that they were in a class of their own, completing a clean sweep of their matches with Ashley deGroot leading the way for her team. The Boys under 21 Final however was a close encounter between arch rivals Hikers and GCC. After a frantic start the game settled before Hikers' Leon Bacchus caught the GCC defense napping in the third minute and stole the ball in the D before slotting into the bottom left corner. GCC's Mark Sargeant responded almost immediately to tie up matters at 1-1. Both teams then squandered numerous opportunities before, tournament stand out Aroydy Branford went on one of his trademark runs to seal the game in the 16th minute.
At the presentation ceremony Guyana Hockey Board member Gail Harding thanked the sponsors Igloo Ice Cream for supporting the development of junior hockey in Guyana, she also the parents, coaches and players who made the tournament possible. Next up for the Board will be the National Senior Indoor Championships which is scheduled for later this month.
Champions – Queens College (Briawna Gordon, Leroy Jack, Macaela Harding, Aliyah Gordon, Devon Scott, Shamar Mittelholzer)
Runners-up – Christ Church (Kareem McKenzie, Shania Riley, Nyron Joseph, Daniel Hooper, Michael Crosse, Stephon Sprosta)
Third Place - St. Stanislaus College (Hilton Chester, Paramanand Dindial, Ezekiel Springer, Ato Greene, Meshach Williams, Gordon Trotman)
MVP Girl – Aliyah Gordon (QC)
MVP Boy – Kareem Mc Kenzie (Christ Church)
Champions – GCC All Stars (Daniel Hooper, Kareem Mc Kenzie, Samuel Woodroffe, Meshack Sargeant, Shania Riley)
Runners-up – Marion Gangnam (Lorenzo Vanzo, Rosario Ramsammy, Jessie Newton, Makeda Harding, Eleomar Silva, Jada Gomes, Travis Whitehead)
Third Place – Saints Sensations (Ezekiel Springer, Jonathan Persaud, Nicholas Nervais, Trelochanie Salvador)
MVP Girl – Shania Riley (GCC All Stars)
MVP Boy – Rosario Ramsammy (Marion Gangnam)
Under 16 Girls
Champions – GCC (Jada Gomes, Shania Riley, Aliyah Gordon, Athena Seenanon)
Runners-up – Hikers(Makeda Harding, Romichelle Brumell, Annesa Permal, Shameka Bhagwandin)
MVP – Athena Seenanon(GCC)
Under 16 Boys
Champions – Hikers (Aroydy Branford, Andre Stewart, Quesi Jordon, Shamar Nunes, Nyron Joseph, Shamar Williams)
Runners-up – Old Fort (Stephon Sprosta, Shaquille Thomas, Omar Hopkinson, Rafol Robertson, Fitzroy Leitch, Julian Smith, Deheron Wilkinson)
Third Place – Saints (Hilton Chester, Paramanand Dindial, Ato Greene, Ezekiel Springer, Gordon Trotman, Jonathan Persaud, Shemar Boston)
MVP – Arody Branford (Hikers)
Under 21 Girls
Champions – GCC ( Samantha Fernandes, Ashley deGroot, Dacia Woodroffe, Sandy Roopnarine, Rebecca Xavier, Athena Seenanon, Briawna Gordon)
Runners-up – Hikers (Macaela Harding, Rushelle Matthias, Latacia Chung, Makeda Harding Abigail Greaves, Annesa Permal, Romichelle Brumell, Ayeisha Boodie)
MVP – Ashley deGroot(GCC)
Under 21 Boys
Champions – Hikers(Michael Harding, Arody Branford, Leon Bacchus, Andrew Stewart, Osafo Timmerman, Robert Brumell, Nyron Joseph, Shaquille Oneil)
Runners-up – GCC(Keon Mc Kenzie, Antonio Seenanon, Meshach Pierre, Mark Sargeant, Michael Craige, Jonathan Singh, Lennox Carrol, Eric Hing, Medroy Scotland, Andrew Shaw)
Third Place – Saints (Leroy Jack, Yonnick Peters, Kevin Edwards Devon Scott, Kwesie Lewis, Seon Sookhai, Hilton Chester, Paramanand Dindial, Ato Greene, Shamar Mittelholzer, Ezekiel Springer Meshach Williams)
MVP – Arody Branford (Hikers)
On Saturday, October 26, everything in Guyana will fade to black. It's season four of the Hits and Jams 'All Black' mega-party and this year we're giving you the 'Imax' experience!
The event will be held once again at the Everest cricket club ground which boasts great space and convenient facilities for your ultimate pleasure. Upon entry, patrons will receive one of our free, limited edition, custom-made 'Black in Imax' party favors which includes our line of exotic 'Black' masks and many other exciting items. No stone will be left unturned in our quest to make this the most amazing 'All Black' we have ever hosted.
The Hits and Jams 'All Black' party is indisputably the most-attended concept party held every year in Guyana. Each year thousands don black apparel and swarm our venues to enjoy a party that only Hits and Jams can host!
Mark the dates, get your black outfits ready and prepare for an unforgettable party experience!
If all goes well Guyanese catwalk diva Me-Leesa Payne age 27, is set to represent the Golden Arrowhead and the land of many waters at yet another international pageant come October 20 in Barbados. Providing that she gets sponsorship to the tune of US$1000 to cover her expenses. Once she gets the financial support the Guyanese beauty ambassador will ultimately do battle against 29 other world beauty queens including Miss Jamaica Lisa Gale Wee- Thom who won the first Miss Jamzone International Pageant.
Payne a Model Citizen who has served as Guyana's beauty ambassador to several international pageants including Miss Universe where she was compared to International model Iman.
Among her many wins as a Guyanese queen Meleesa won the titles of Miss Fantasy International 2000, Miss Tropical Paradise International 2009, Miss Estacy International 2010, Miss Model International 2010, Miss Jaycees International 2006, Miss Guyana Universe 2008, and the title of most community spirited in Miss Carival Pageant.
She's now going to Barbados to compete at the Miss Humanity International on October 20 to clash against 29 other beauties from around the world but to make this a reality she needs US$ 1000 to cover her expenses. To offer assistance she's calling on the public to Call: 6956008, 2182776 and offer her assistance now.
Meleesa Natasha Payne is a young woman with an extraordinary story of her life and love for Charitable causes. A triple threat, ' her bevy of talents also includes Fashion Design - a skill taught by her seamstress mother, however, the renowned model's ultimate passion is in her footwork (Dancing). She says "I could not live without it." It also seems that the industry wouldn't be as lively without her. She has won dance shows throughout Guyana, and won best talent in numerous shows. The Classique company dancer tours the Caribbean and the United States Of America with her group yearly. Payne's pageant experiences include her first win the Miss Fantasy Talent International in 2000, 1st runner up the Miss Guyana Talented Teen,1st runner up Miss Guyana African Heritage 2004, Miss Ecstasy held in the BVI 2005, 3 runner up, best talent Miss Caribbean World, Tortola BVI 2006, winner Miss Jaycees Caribbean Queen 2006 Antigua, winner Miss Guyana Universe 2007, 1st runner up Miss Carival 2008 St Vincent. Winner Miss Tropical Paradise 2009 Jamaica, winner Miss Model International 2010 St Marten.
Read more about Meleesa by clicking on Miss Humanity International then click on the big yellow star to vote, you can vote every 12 hrs, please keep voting.
Entertainment lovers are advised to mark their calendars to experience a night of mega Caribbean entertainment. On November 17 Conscious Minds Promotions is set to serve up an all female cast for a 'November to Remember 2' mega concert.
Dubbed "The night of the DIVAS" the stadium is already booked and artistes have begun to sign their contracts for the mega inter-regional entertainment event.
On November 17 the event's lineup brings together acts from Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Guyana at the National Stadium, Providence. The lineup includes Queen of the Dance Hall 'Lady Saw' and at least five other Caribbean divas spanning the Soca and Dance Hall genres. Event Promoter Iana Lewis says "the idea is to unite the Caribbean women for a night of mega entertainment while celebrating, liberating and empowering women in the face of all the domestic violence that has caused many women to be dead or badly injured."
Mondale Smith, Public Relations officer said, "This is one of two mega shows that we have got planned for the year as part of efforts to add to the national entertainment product and while it's a divas concert, it's for the men to come out with and celebrate their women."
The last mega event staged stage by Conscious Minds promotions was the 'I'm ok' concert headlined by Bennieman and Destra along with Ritchie Loops. That show was sponsored by Banks DIH and Digicel Guyana and was attended by in excess of 10,000 satisfied patrons.
The Makin’ Style Fashion Zone by Sonia Noel, now features four (5) of Guyana’s Young and upcoming designers in our trendy and stylish line-up of made-to-order clothes suited for any occasion. The winners of the Designers’ Portfolio 2012, Andy Cummings who Hassa curry collection along with a preview of his CFW 2013 will be available to the public.Shemeza Subrattie colour blocking technique is a must have addition to your. Mwanza Glen well know for his glamorous afro centric designs is another designer that will be featured. Nelsion Nurse, who was voted Most Promising Designer in 2010 will show how much he has grown as a designer over the last couple of years.
Seasoned leather hand bag designer Louis Jordan will make available an exclusive line of hand bags.He has had many prominent people sport his designs including actress Anna Maria Horsford.
"I believe in the young talent here and will give them every opportunity to advance their career and create a better product and I think the local market need to come on board and support this initiative" - Sonia Noel
The concept aptly titled the Fashion Zone will benefit consumers in many ways. The services will extend to include access to special invitation only showings. The Fashion Zone will also issue exclusive membership deals, meeting the designers themselves, afford incredible discounts, offer dynamic fashion pointers and advise on versatile makeovers.
Andy Cummings- ....".it as been my pleasure to be apart of one historical fashion event in Guyana an I am looking forward to be part of it"
Shameeza Subrattie- "Fashion zone would be an opportunity for my to showcase my talent even more, it would help me mature and build confidence in my self and designs since I would be exposed to many challenges during the journey..."
Mwanza Glenn - "Its a privilege to have a location to retail my pieces and market myself more!"
Nelsion Nurse- where fashion seems to be a priority these days many of us as young designers can't afford a location of our own to market ourselves so fashion zone makes us more accessible to persons interested in getting a piece of our designs!
Designer Louis Jordan said this concept is great for designers and give him the opportunity to show cast his creative work and build a much needed client base
Friday 5th October from 4pm to 7pm will be the in store launch and Saturday 6th the open house.The public is invited to enjoy big discounts, free wardrobe tips and a limited number of free membership cards for those 2 days.The public will get a sneak peak of Sonia Noel collection for Caribbean Plus Size Fashion Week.