Downsound Records (DSR) has rereleased the single ‘Reggaematic’, recorded by superstar dancehall veteran Super Cat.
The single was produced by Super Cat’s Wild Apache Productions and will be marketed by DSR’s marketing arm, Contractor’s Marketing.
Since it was released last week on local radio, Reggaematic has literally lit up the airwaves on both Irie and Zip FMs.
The single has its usual Super Cat bravado, which also expresses his love for reggae music. It was also produced on a crossover dancehall-hip hop beat in which the veteran, born William Maragh, has featured on many occasions.
In 2001, Super Cat collaborated with India Irie on her hit song, Video, as well as with Jadakiss and The Neptunes for Don Of Dons in 2003. Last year, his song, Dance Inna New York, was sampled for Nas’ single The Don, from the rapper’s album, Life Is Good, with Cat adding the vocals to it.
The slick-talking Super Cat is back with Reggaematic in an attempt to make another huge statement in music. The single, according to its marketing personnel, Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards, has all the right ingredients to make it big worldwide. As such, he feels honoured to be handed the task of helping to promote it.
“Any Super Cat is bombshell. He has been doing it for decades. For this, I am very pleased to be asked to be a part of the promotion for the rerelease of Reggaematic, which I believe will reach far if it gets that push,” he said.
DSR’s CEO Joseph Bogdonavich echoed Contractor’s sentiment, adding that the track can be another of Super Cat’s crossover successes. “It is a nice track with the potential to be a huge crossover hit. We will give it the attention it deserves,” Bogdonavich said.
Downsound Records to give song new push
‘It is a nice track with the potential to be a huge crossover hit. We will give it the attention it deserves.’
Bolt supports Tessanne on The Voice
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Opening the two-hour completion with a rendition of Say It, Just Say It, the top 10 once again showed their vocal prowess and once again thrilled the judges, the audience and those at home.
With only eight guaranteed a spot to go through, all contestants brought their A- game.
After Team Blake’s Austin Jenckes belted out Your Love, fans were treated to a special guest appearance by the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. Showing his support for Tessanne, Bolt told host Carson Daly that the support in Jamaica for the songbird has been ‘crazy’.
“We’re just trying to figure out a way to vote. Everybody (in Jamaica) is watching right now,” Bolt said.
Shortly after Tessanne tweeted “OMG, just died!!! Usain Bolt I am speechless!!! Thank you!!
With fans of Tessanne now becoming accustomed to her performing later down in the show, they were not disappointed when she finally took to the stage. After announcing that her journey on The Voice is like someone “gift wrapped an opportunity and gave it to me.”
Performing a rendition of Gladys Knight and the Pips’ If I Were Your Woman, it was a sassy and confident Tessanne that belted out the song.
“I don’t believe anyone’s ever done that song on the show and I know you have your apprehensions … But this song just solidified your presence on the show as a major contender. You are a wonderful human being and I love you,” her coach Adam Levine said.
While asking her more of Tessanne’s Jamaican accent, Christina Aguilera told Tessanne that she has a voice that can do so much.
“I want to hear more moments like this. I would love to hear more songs where I can hear different dimensions of you.”
Tessanne has had success in the past with songs such as My Kind of Love and Many Rivers to Cross. Fans can vote for Tessanne by logging on to www.thevoice.com or by buying her performance on The Voice on iTunes. Each song purchased adds five votes to Chin’s tally. Votes may also be cast by calling 1855-864-2306
Viewers of The Voice can also keep Tessanne on The Voice through Ttwitter. After the 10 finalists perform and viewers cast their votes, fans on Twitter will be able to save one of the three lowest vote-getters from elimination during Tuesday’s live results show, with the results announced later in the programme.
Flava Unit leans on Portmore for first win
Two of the young women that were in the huge audience
A section of the audience at the Magnum All-Stars face-off at the Famous Nightclub in Portmore.
Scott Wilson of HITZ FM poses with a Magnum girl during Thursday’s event.
Flava Unit’s selector Badda Bling.
A patron strikes a pose for the camera.
During his set, a Bredda Hype selector makes a point to his opponent from the Flava Unit sound system.
Bredda Hype selectors were outstanding during their rounds.
Even after the exciting tussle between Elephant Man and KipRich during last Thursday’s Magnum All-Star $1,000,000 Face Off, the encounter between Bredda Hype and Flava Unit still managed to lift energy levels in a near-full Famous Nightclub.
Although Flava Unit’s eventual winning margin was wide – 53 to Bredda Hype’s 42 – the two played equal part in a musical battle of almost epic proportions.
Bredda Hype, who had lost an earlier face-off with Ricky Trooper, began the night in fashion befitting someone who did not intend to lose.
The selecting duo was imperious in that first round, dubbed The Juggling Round. Flava Unit had no answer.
It was not until the second round that the Portmore sound began to come into its own.
That second battle, The Challenge Round, brings something different to the table each week. This time around, the sound systems were instructed to play a combination between a singer and a deejay.
Flava Unit, playing second, had responded with Leroy Smart and Baby Wayne claiming, “mi know mi fren’ different from mi enemy dem”, Pinchers and Bounty Killer Riding west and the remake of Barrington Levy’s Murdererfeaturing Beenie Man. This was after Bredda Hype’s selections had included Alaine and I-Octane, TOK and Bounty Killer, and Reparation, done by Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim.
While Bredda Hype was still riding on the wave of his brilliant juggling in the first round, his second featured songs just couldn’t match the stature of those from Flava Unit. Bredda Hype duly lost the second round.
When it was time for the 45 round, again Bredda Hype was slated to play first. Bredda Hype’s selector came out with Ninja Man’s Murder Dem. The damage had already been done, however, as questions from the selecting team about the judging had turned the tide of the crowd.
Flava Unit, credit to them for doing so, chose that round to put some theatrics into the face-off, Badda Bling handing out tomato and escallion to members of the audience before pulling Super Cat’s Vineyard Style.
It was the first of a Super Cat double, as Don Dada followed, and there was an especially humorous moment as a bundle of escallion was tossed back on stage, then in turn hurled from the stage to near the middle of the audience, two ladies dressed to the hilt neatly sidestepping the seasoning as it fell.
“This is my place!” Badda Bling declared before dropping Bounty Killer’s Lodge to the pleasure of the home crowd support that had showed from early with the vuvuzelas sounding at the mention of the sound system’s name, as well as a large Flava Unit banner of the type seen largely at stage shows held aloft in the venue.
The dub-for-dub round also went to Flava Unit, handing Bredda Hype the group’s second loss of the tournament, though much credit should go to the team for an impressive showing.
Patrons live the At Conroy Samuels’ birthday bash
Life of a Star at High House, in Old Harbour, St Catherine, recently.A plethora of big-ups belted over the microphone constantly as one of St Catherine’s biggest promoters, Conroy Samuels, celebrated another milestone on earth at his third annual birthday event held at High House in Old Harbour, St Catherine, recently.
Not that it was a detractor; it was actually one of high points of the event, and for Samuels, who would have felt honored hearing so many well wishes at a rapid pace.
The rains came sporadically, testing the mettle of what seemed to be loyal patrons determined to have a good time. The rains could not breach their resilience so it was up to selectors Gary Chucks, Mad Ras, Richie Feelings, Chub and Fire Wayne to repay their loyalty with quality entertainment.
None of the four aforementioned selectors failed at their responsibilities as, with an eager-to-be-thrilled audience, they created an atmosphere of fun and frolic which later went into complete frenzy.
The party was dubbed Life of a Star and as such, it challenged the patrons to attire at their elegant best or most other cases, raunchiest.
Right after the early-morning drizzle, deejay Deablo, a protégé to Aidonia, delivered a brief yet entertaining performance. Samuels, who founded Overdose Entertainment, said he could not have asked for a better outcome of the event.
“I am very pleased and I must heartily thank all those who stayed when the rain began. Everything went according to plan and I am already thinking of bettering this, come next year,” he said.
Anthony Clarke, 2012 Tastee winner. – ContributedThe journey began in March with the first of four auditions interspersed with four road shows ending in September.
Since then, the 32 selectees have been undergoing intense grooming sessions in Montego Bay and Kingston, aimed at honing their talents for Thursday’s semi-finals at the Tastee car park, Cross Roads.
Contestants will showcase their talents before judges Queen Ifrica, Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper and Kerry-Ann Lawrence, this, with a view of making it into the December 12 grand finals.
The winner is set to take home $1 million, second place $500,000 and third place $150,000.
Sponsored this year by Tastee, Pepsi, T- Shirt Express and Kosmo Tours, the 34-year-old talent contest is noted for outstanding semi-final and grand-final performances.
Based on improvements made since grooming commenced on September 16, the judges will be hard-pressed to eliminate over 20 persons, in order to get the top 10 for December’s grand finals.
The semi-finals will begin at 5:30 p.m., with giveaways by MC Elva, while the competition is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Ginjah on a musical high
GinjahThe music video for his latest single, Sweet Killer, recently topped the Fi Wi Choice Top 10 Countdown.
“It’s a nice feeling to have a hit single. I am happy that the song and its video is doing so well. Sometimes you can’t predict which song is going to hit, you just have to do good music and let the people decide. It is clear that the people have made this song and its video a hit. I am truly grateful to all the people who are supporting my music,” said Ginjah.
Sweet Killer is also doing well on several other charts, including the Hit List Reggae Chart on CVM TV where it is in the number three position.
Ginjah has been very busy in the studios lately, recording for various producers such as Wee Pow of Stone Love, DJ Frass, Mr G and Jungle Josh from California.
“Right now Sweet Killer is hot and I am not going to sit back and let the momentum die. So far, I have recorded several new tracks for producers like Wee Pow from Stone Love, DJ Frass, Goofy and Jungle Josh, he’s producing my album. So the fans are going to get a lot of new music from Ginjah over the next few months.”
Also on the cards for Ginjah are a number of overseas engagements.
“I have a lot of foreign shows coming up, and my management team is also negotiating tours with promoters in Europe, Japan and Africa. I have toured some of those places before and the demand for me to return is growing, so I will be very busy on the road over the next few months,” he said.
Nadera ready to dominate music world
NaderaCanada-based dancehall/reggae artiste Nadera is ready to dominate the music world.
The sassy female singjay is a very versatile artiste. Before entering the music arena, Nadera made a name for herself as an actress performing in theatrical productions in Canada such as the Reggae musical, and Sound Clash.
After her appearance in Sound Clash 2009, she was signed by independent record label Phylani Music. Since then, she has steadily improved in her recording career under the guidance of popular Canadian reggae singer/producer Tony Anthony.
To date, her most popular songs are Tit For Tat and Cheater’s Loss.
The talented beauty, who hails from Kingston, is eager to make her mark on the local music scene.
“I have performed on shows in Canada and my music is out there all over the place. But one of my greatest desires is to make a serious impact on the Jamaican music scene. That is very important to me because Jamaica is where I’m from and I want to connect with my fellow Jamaicans musically. It’s also very important to have a name in Jamaica as a dancehall/reggae act,” said Nadera.
Nadera recently released her debut album titled Nadera. The 15-track album features production work from Mafia Mckoy of Blaqk Sheep Productions and Kevon Dixon of Blue Sky Productions.
According to Nadera, “My album is a very good album, all the songs on it are good. I expect it to do well and help me to move further up the musical ladder.”
The album was executively produced by Tony Anthony for Phylani Music.