Thursday, June 23, 2016

Beware of scammers says Aidonia

Days after having his United States work visa reinstated, dancehall deejay Aidonia says promoters should beware of scammers.

“There are already fake Facebook pages out there, trying to scam my fans. I do not handle my own bookings and it definitely would not be over social media. US promoters, you can only book Aidonia through Headline Entertainment,” said Aidonia.

He announced that Headline is now his exclusive booking agent, for all US territories, which include the US mainland, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

With the significant demand for dancehall in the US, Aidonia (born Sheldon Lawrence) and  his team are are sure that the market is clamouring to see him live.  

The deejay, who recently released his EP Project Sweat and has a catalogue of favourites including  Nuh Boring Gal — which has been remixed to feature Sean Paul and Bungi Garlin — Chicken Head, Kingfish Ah Come, Inna Di Ghetto, Unknown Assailant, Eagle, and Ooku, is excited to perform for his US fans.

“Look for me in a city near you. I know my team is working hard to confirm some interest for shows. I’ll be there soon,” he said.

Headline Entertainment’s Managing Director Jerome Hamilton feels it is a good time for Aidonia to return to the U.S. market.

“Aidonia has done well for himself, even though he was not been able to perform in the U.S. We know that his fanbase has seen his performances in Europe and the Caribbean and that the promoters want to bring his show to their audiences,” Hamilton said. “But they can only do that by calling 876-618-BOOK (2665) or e-mailing bookings@headlinejamaica.com.


Headline Entertainment is a leading booking agency and public relations firm operating in the Caribbean that has developed a diverse and successful catalogue of clients over the past 19 years. Aidonia will join Headline’s list of clients, which include Sean Paul, Barrington Levy, Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Freddie McGegor, Konshens, Coco Tea, Romain Virgo and others.

Longtime Favourites return to Dancehall Night

Reggae Sumfest  organizers are announcing more names to the festival’s lineup. Returning to The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth are Popcaan, I-Octane along with Spice for the 2016 staging of the event.
Popcaan, Octane and Spice were all stars of last year’s show and are also long time favourites owing to their exuberant performances and are expected to execute on Dancehall Night July 22- 23.

Unruly Boss Popcaan will take the stage yet again on Dancehall night to perform fan favourites, Ova Dweet, Never Sober, Everything is Nice, Way Up, Unruly Prayer. Popcaan is also one of the Jamaican artistes sampled by Drake. His Love Ya Bad single from the 2014 album Where We Come From was sampled on Drake’s Too Good track, which also features Bajan songstress Rihanna.

I-Octane is also due to deliver to Reggae Sumfest patrons his myriad of hits including Lose a Friend, Wine and Jiggle, Hurt by friends, Prison Life, No Badda Dan Jah. The reggae sensation has customarily closed Dancehall night two years in a row excluding last year where dancehall pioneer Lady Saw instead stole the show.

Female Dancehall deejay Spice is notably known for her onstage theatrics, as she hit the stage last year in a robotic suit with flashing lights accompanied by robotic moves. The ‘head top’-dancing dancing artiste well known for her fan favourites A So Mi Like It, Needle Eye and Bend Ova is set to deliver another rousing performance this year.

The transformed Reggae Sumfest 2016 explodes in Montego Bay, with Sumfest Beach Party to take place at the Aqua Sol Theme Park on Sunday July 17; the All White Party hits Pier 1 on Tuesday July 19, Dancehall Night revs up on the Friday at Catherine Hall. Reggae Sumfest will end with a bang on Saturday July 23 dubbed as Reggae Night with performances from top Jamaican artistes.


Tickets for Reggae Sumfest 2016 can be purchased online on the festival’s website.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Magnum’s King Accid and Queen Clymaxx newest additions to Dancehall Fraternity

Prince Accid and Princess Clymaxx were promoted to Magnum King and Queen at Saturday night’s final in the Magnum Kings and Queens Dancehall competition held at Breezy Castle, Downtown Kingston. 

The amazing turn out fans, the Magnum transformed grounds and an extended show time from 90 minutes to approximately 150 minutes all culminated into a blend of excitement. 
Gary Dixon, Group Marketing Manager for Wray and Nephew commented on his rating of season nine on a scale of one to 10, 10 being the highest. “I give it a nine in terms of the talent that we have seen. I think the year I would have given it a 10 was the year with Poor and Boasty. There is always room for improvement so that’s why I give it a nine. We were a little stage a couple years ago and now we are at Downtown Breezy Castle looking at thousands of people ,” said Dixon. 
Accid and Clymaxx have been awarded a recording contract from Frass Records, $1M each and the coveted Magnum crown. 
According the MKQ judge Skatta Burrell “Them nuh win a million dollars, them work and earn a million dollars.” 
In his clash against, Zigma, Accid saw massive eruptions from the crowd – at times drowning his lyrics, making them inaudible. Zigma, received quite a few forwards and boos but saw positive comments from resident judges Professor Nuts, Miss Kitty and Skatta Burrell. It was guest just Xoom who was more in favour of Accid. However, it was the votes from the public that counted and ruled in Accid’s favour. 

Accid aka ‘Short Man’ was humbled by the moment. “You know say is really my son Akash that’s going to see most of this money. He is four months old. The rest will go to the music,” said Accid. 

Meanwhile Meanwhile Clymaxx maintained support from all four judges, as well as the public votes to win her title. 
A very grateful Clymaxx was overwhelmed with joy. “Big up Magnum Kings and Queens, big up Digicel and KFC and everybody that vote for Clymaxx. Clymaxx love the exposure and really appreciate it. I’m going to use it as a stepping stone to take it to the world. I have T-shirts coming out soon including a mix tape with all of the songs I performed on Magnum,” shared Clymaxx. 
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall has become the most watched local programme in Jamaica. The show airs live on TVJ, Saturdays at 9:30 pm and repeats on Tuesdays at 11:30 pm and Thursdays at 11 pm. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Reggae Band Raging Fyah EVERLASTING Album Debuts #2 on Billboard

Regarded as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts, self contained band Raging Fyah has recently released their third studio album "Everlasting" to rave reviews from fans and music industry alike.


Reflecting of the body of work on the album, "Everlasting" made it's debut this week at #2 on the billboard charts, and adding to this feat is now #3 in Japan, while the single Live Your Life featuring J Boog and Busy single is #4.


Recorded live at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios producer Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown (whose credits include Stephen and Damian Marley, Richie Spice, T.O.K and 2016 Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage) incorporates broad based influences, various acoustic subtleties, and a few guest artists, all of which enhances as well as expands Raging Fyah’s established reggae identity.

“Working on this album was very exciting but challenging; we wanted to stay within the context of who Raging Fyah is, but we never want to box ourselves in either,” explains the band’s bassist/backing vocalist Delroy “Pele” Hamilton. “Being free spirited as musicians, we spend many hours jamming all kinds of music when we rehearse so we said why not use some of what we feel naturally on our record?”

The title Everlasting was chosen to convey the durability of Raging Fyah’s music and the long term effect collaborating with Riff Raff has had on the band. “We had the choice to work with any producer we wanted, locally or internationally and we chose Llamar,” says Raging Fyah’s keyboardist/backing vocalist Demar “Keysie” Gayle. “We have learned so much from him; the way he helped to shape our sound is an everlasting lesson.”

Source: MPR Consulting