Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Dancehall Princess Shenseea

Recording Artiste Shenseea, born Chinsea Lee on October 1, 1996 in the parish of Mandeville is a Deejay and Singer, who prides herself on musical individuality.
Shenseea's upbringing was mostly done by her aunt, as her parents were not around during the younger stages of her life. Though born in Mandeville, Shenseea spent the first four years of her life in Saint Elizabeth, as that is where her family resided before she was moved to Kingston.
As her family planted their roots in the Jamaican capital, Kingston, she attended the Hope Valley Experimental School and Mona High School, before being accepted into Exed Community College, where she majored in Entertainment Management. Financial strains saw Shenseea taking leave from school and it was during that time that Shenseea became pregnant. While away from school she began doing covers of popular songs from the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and more.
A social media follower suggested that she do a recording of a song she wrote and although fearful of her ability to compose a song, Shenseea dug deep and overcame her fear and wrote what would have been her first song and released it to her Facebook followers.
An instant hit, the video went Viral with over 85,000 views in one week. It also garnered attention for her from the likes of Dancehall Icon Beenie Man.
It was then that Shenseea, who was always a lover of music, having started out in church and at talent shows at school, realized that her dream of being a recording artiste could materialize.
Shenseea's musical influences includes, Nicki Minaj, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel and Spice, as she looks up to these performers for their fashion sense, exclusivity, lyrical content and stage performance respectively.
She now calls Romeich Entertainment home and following the release of her hit single ‘Jiggle’, Shenseea has gone on to release a number of tracks and collaborations with the likes of Sean Paul, Jahmiel, Trinidad upcoming star Nailah, Konshens and new international sensation King Kosa as well as her labelmate Ding Dong.
It was however the collaboration with Dancehall star Vybz Kartel titled ‘Loodi’ which catapulted her to new heights. The single also won a Youth View Award for Favourite collaboration of 2016. She also won two awards for ‘Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year and Favourite Breakout Celeb of the year.
As for solo work, Shenseea has dominated the dancehall scene with a myriad of singles including ‘Wine’ for Good Good Productions, ‘Nuttin Dem Nuh Have Ova Mi’ for Dj Frass, as well as ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Time From You’ from Dunwell and Ja Productions respectively. Already she has graced a number of popular stageshows, including the biggest Reggae and Dancehall show on earth, Reggae Sumfest, while her touring itinerary continues to expand. Already she has fulfilled performance duties in Europe, Canada, various states in the US and has also made her presence felt in a number of Caribbean territories. The Dancehall Princess has kept her promise to continue propelling to new and higher heights and her work continues to speak for itself.
Every artiste follows the crowd……..I fit in everywhere, can perform for anyone, there are no rules in music, I write what I want, don't stick to one topic….. I'm unpredictable”

-         Shenseea

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sean Paul helps to mend little hearts with his Chain of Hope Gala Ball performance

Sean Paul continues to put an entertaining spin on charity.
The Jamaican superstar delivered a rousing performance at the Chain of Hope Gala Ball hosted at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London.
Operating under the slogan “mending little hearts”, the charity seeks to revolutionize the care offered to children with heart defects. Sean Paul was the headline artiste for this year’s gala and flew into London to deliver an electrifying performance. Parts of his vibrant performance were posted by former Made in Chelsea star Ashley James on Instagram and highlighted by the Daily Mail. The video showed live footage of Saul Paul setting the stage ablaze with his timeless hit single Gimme the Light.
Days later, he was back in his home country for JAMATHON, a benefit concert geared towards raising money for the hurricane-ravaged Lesser Antilles islands. Here, Sean Paul shared the stage with Chi-Ching Ching who performed crowd favourites Breadfruit and Rock the World which will be released under Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock Label on Friday, December 15. It was a special occasion which allowed artistes like Sean Paul to extend kindness and support to Caribbean neighbours in dire need.
No doubt, the Grammy award-winning artiste is passionate about more than just music. Philanthropy is not new to the multi-platinum recording artiste who donated JM$1 million to the Shaggy and Friends Charity in 2016. In the same year, Sean Paul donated over JM$1.5 million to Alpha Institute which now houses the Alpha Boys School Radio studio, and training rooms under the Music Technology Department. Sean Paul jumped at the opportunity to support the Chain of Hope charity as it was the perfect occasion to perform for a more than worthy cause.
Chain of Hope posits that 1 child in every 100 is born with a heart defect. Most of these defects can be corrected by operations which are performed as a routine in developed countries, however, it is not so for developing countries like Jamaica. If these defects go untreated, the result is suffering and premature death. This affects a large number of children around the world including those in Jamaica, land we love.
Chain of Hope is a charity that links experts together around the world to bring life-saving heart treatments to children in developing countries such as Jamaica since 1996. Last year the charity raised a phenomenal total of £2.6 million which will provide aid for children with heart defects from Syria to Jamaica. With his country at the forefront of his mind, Sean Paul proved that true success does not lie in affluence but in altruism.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Drive a successful staple for Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise

Kabaka Pyramid was pleased to present the proceeds of
the 2017
 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise Book Drive
to the Jamaica Library Service in Ocho Rios
where he was 
greeted by students of the
Millford Basic and Ocho Rios Primary and Infant and St. Johns Preparatory Schools. 

The Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, spearheaded by Damian “JR Gong” Marley, has grown to live up to his “youngest veteran” legacy and with the growth of the cruise, has come the growth of his philanthropy though the annual book drive donation of hundreds of books each year.  

The fourth year of the venture, Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise this year donated stack of approximately 700 books to the Jamaica Library Service, for the third year in a row.
In addition to showcasing Jamaican entertainment and culture, the cruise has continuously had a positive impact on the country’s tourism by creating this innovative attraction for tourists across the world, to experience and give back to our people, culture and entertainment and educational system in an unorthodox, yet enjoyable way.  

Cruisers were asked to take along with them books for donation on the weeklong cruise which began on Monday, November 13 when it left Fort Lauderdale and headed to Ocho Rios, Jamaica where the books were donated to the Ocho Rios branch of the Jamaica Library Service.

Pleased to make the presentation was Reggae Artiste Kabaka Pyramid who was delighted to be greeted by students of the Millford Basic and Ocho Rios Primary and Infant and St. Johns Preparatory Schools.

Jamaica Library Service region three Director for Ms. Merlene Walker was, as per usual elated to receive the donations.  “The Jamaica Library Service thanks the organisers of the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise for the generous donations of children's books to the Ocho Rios Branch Library. The JLS welcomes donation of this nature as there is always a need, and donations like this assists us in fulfilling our mission of enabling national development through the development of a knowledge-based society of culturally aware lifelong learners through the provision of universal access to information,” shared Walker.

From the Ocho Rios Dock, the Royal Caribbean International Independence of the Seas ship left for Montego Bay where it departed on Thursday, November 16. The five day, five night cruise returned to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, November 18.
Led by Damian Marley the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise this year featured performances from some of Reggae and Dancehall’s finest to include Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Sizzla, Jah Cure, Luciano, Big Youth, Freddie McGregor, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Busy Signal, Popcaan, Tony Matterhorn, Spice, Stone Love, King Jammy, and many, many more. The 2018 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will take place on Saturday, December 1 through to Thursday, December 6, and will next year make its second stop in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Enjoy a video recap of Night Three on the 2017 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise: