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“The Apollo Series” Expands Reach & Honours Hip Hop Icon With @TheJMCEffect Partnership!


The Apollo Series, the open stage and artist showcase which has made its mark on Kingston’s live music scene over the past two years, has now partnered with the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC), which seeks to connect music professionals. The JMC team will be present at The Apollo Series on February 8 at The Haven to interact with artistes while the conference, which takes place February 13 – 16, will feature The Apollo Showcase on its opening night at Dub Garden, 10A West King’s House Road, Kingston 10.

The Apollo Showcase will serve as a welcome of sorts for JMC’s special guest of honour, DJ Kool Herc, the Jamaica-born man credited as Hip Hop’s forefather. In appropriate fashion, The Apollo Series has curated a 30-minute showcase that will highlight some of the best local Hip Hop talent to have graced its stage. Five Steez, The Sickest Drama and Inztinkz of the Kingston and New York-based collective The Council is slated to appear, with a feature from Dizzy the Ill One.

“We see the JMC as an essential forum, filling the gap of formal knowledge sharing in the country’s music landscape,” says organiser of The Apollo Series and head of A.C.T.I.O.N. Jamaica, Simon the Writer. “We feel there is a perfect synergy between our two events and this is further strengthened by the proximity in our dates and our mutual affiliation with Reggae Month.”
Simon the Writer said when presented with the opportunity to curate a showcase, The Apollo Series team could not pass up on the opportunity. “We feature all kinds of talent on our platform and that includes local Hip Hop artistes, so it was a no-brainer for us to present a set suitable for a guest of honour such as DJ Kool Herc.”

JMC Chief Executive Officer Kwasi Bonsu says, “We’re elated to have The Apollo Showcase as a part of our conference. They have been doing a lot of groundwork in exposing artistes and I know they will have a strong and unique presentation for our audience.”

The Apollo Showcase is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. after the official welcome event on Thursday, February 13. The conference, which will continue through to Saturday at the Courtleigh Hotel, will feature other showcases, panels and events geared towards sharing best practices in the music industry. The JMC closes on Sunday, February 16, with the Itopia Life Beach Day at Wickie Wackie Beach.

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Sister Nancy’s Classic “Bam Bam” Featured In New @Power_STARZ Episode!


Still tuned in to the final season of the Starz hit show, “Power“? Still wondering who shot Ghost? Anyway, while checking out episode 14, we noticed a familiar sound in the first scene. It was nothing but Jamaican Icon Sister Nancy’s 1982 classic, “Bam Bam“! Produced by Winston Riley, this song did so much for the music culture as Sister Nancy was regarded as the 1st Female Dancehall Artist, and the first to tour internationally as one. We’ve featured “Bam Bam” a few times on here, so check out this link for more content. Salute Sister Nancy!

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Software Developer Creates New App Based On A Popular Caribbean Pastime!


Growing up in the Caribbean can be some of the greatest memories you’ll ever have. While Technology has gradually taken over throughout the years, many of us can remember the times when things were simpler. Remember playing Ring Games? How about shooting Marbles? Jamaican Software Developer Kenardo Smith brings something from our past to the future with his latest App!

Based on the popular “ABC Fast Or Slow” game, users can work on their Vocabulary, concentration, and spelling skills as the game requires you to utilize the letters of the Alphabet in a “One letter, four words” multiplayer match online and offline. Released through K.I.S.S. Games, the game is available for those who have Android operated devices running OS 4.2 and up, and Apple devices running OS 9.0 and up. Kenardo looks to improve the game over time through software updates and allowing access on other operation systems.

“ABC Fast Or Slow” is now available in the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store, and more information can be found on abcfastorslow.com and at @ABCFastOrSlow on Instagram. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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.@DancinDynamites Brings Teen Dancers On Board For 2020!


Boasting 14 years of thrilling and exciting television audiences under its belt, the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition will this year set the stage for even more Jamaican youth to showcase their impressive dance moves in the spotlight.

As part of its new ‘Teens and Teams’ theme, dancers across the island at the high-school level will now be included in the running to have the opportunity to represent their dance crew and school body as all-new cash prizes and other rewards will be up for grabs during the competition’s three-month run.

At the TVJ show’s official launch on Wednesday, held at Excelsior High School, Competition Conceptualiser and Executive Producer Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small emphasized the importance of focusing on the Jamaican youth, identifying them as promising facilitators for further economic growth in the country. She highlighted the Competition’s numerous years of contribution towards developing talent. “There are so many youngsters who are employed now and have also gained education [through the scholarships offered as part of the competition]. For me, as a teacher, that’s number one,” said Small.

Showcasing Talent

The number-one televised dance Competition in Jamaica, now in its fifteenth season, will kick off with its series of auditions on January 11 at various schools islandwide in addition to other venues. Set for its television premiere on February 16, the teams selected for the show will receive coaching from famed choreographers, including show judges and popular dancers Orville and Kerry. The Competition will also feature performances from international dancers each week along with six road shows leading up to the finals airing on May 17.

Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager of title sponsor Charles Chocolates, said, “The show is going tobe mind-blowing this year. What I’m most proud of is that we continue to foster an avenue forpeople with talent to showcase that on the world stage. Not everyone can be lawyers and doctors, and what we realise is that dance, creativity and anything to do with the arts can also take them a far way.

The opportunities for winning cash prizes have also increased this year as the top-four teams will automatically secure J$500,000 as they each vie for the public’s top vote. The teen teams’respective schools, should they place first in the competition, will win an additional J$1 million along with other educational and tech prizes. Viewers can also get in on the action as special prizes will be awarded to in-studio audience members as well as broadcast viewers.

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State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, MP (second right) got in on the dancing action at the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites launch. Also ‘logging on’ (from left to right) were Crystal Carby, Devon Biscuits Representative; Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager of title sponsor Charles Chocolates; and local dancer Fire.

Long-running Success

Speaking in particular to the success of the long-running show, Small said, “What we’re very happy about is that past Dynamites are [doing well]. One is part of [the new Broadway production for]‘Lion King’ and he’s one of the lead dancers too. And then another who got a scholarship is now a top dancer in Canada with his own production. My heart jumps for joy every time I think about all the potential and how we’ve been shaping lives, so we’re very happy.

Last year’s winners Too Kool have also been brought to the international stage as they took part in Jamaica’s Independence Day celebrations in New York last year in addition to being employed by local hotel resorts to entertain guests and share the Jamaican culture through dance.

The launch event was also graced with the presence of State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Alando Terrelonge, MP., who spoke words of encouragement to the student audience. Hosted by Weezy and Badda Bling, the afternoon also featured a performance from City Dancers, winners of the 2017 staging of the competition, and dance-offs betweenneighbouring high schools including Pembroke Hall High, Dunoon Technical High, St. George’s High and Donald Quarrie High.

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Music From @Deewunn, @KabakaPyramid, & @Konshens Featured On @NeedForSpeed Soundtrack!


Where are the Gamers? Recently, popular Racing Simulation series “Need For Speed” released their latest Video Game titled, “NFS Heat“! For those who are into Cars of all makes along with Nitro-burning speed, this one is sure to be a great addition to your collection. Along with the game comes a pretty heavy soundtrack that features Jamaica’s own DeeWUNN, Kabaka Pyramid, and Konshens on the tracks, “Back It Up, Drop It” (ft. Leo Justi), “Murder Music” (ft. Chase & Status), and “Reload” (ft. Eve) respectively. The soundtrack also features music from the likes of Latin Artists Zion Y Lennox, Toro Y Moi, and Alvaro Diaz, and Afrobeats Artist Burna Boy.

While these Artists are no strangers to being featured on various soundtracks over the years, they join the many who have had placements on the soundtracks for games like “Grand Theft Auto V” and the NBA 2K series. “NFS Heat” will be released on November 8, but check out the official Playlist below. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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Jamaican Artist Miguel Bell Debuts Manchester Based, “Shadow Trapped” Comic Series!


As a child growing up in Mandeville, Manchester, Miguel “The Drawtist” Bell was all about Art. His daily sketches caught the eyes of his peers and anyone who’d be interested. From his School days to adult life, he never stopped developing his skills. Recently, he leveled up by releasing his first official Comic Book series titled, “Shadow Trapped“! With a storyline originating in Mandeville, “Shadow Trapped” sheds light on a masked Serial Killer simply named, “Pinocchio Killer” and the various characters involved. Part one of the Comic follows main character Salem Smith and her encounter with the Serial Killer. Highlights of the Comic so far include Miguel’s alma mater, Manchester High School, its neighbouring Mandeville Plaza, and Villa Plaza. The Comic stands out as it’s one of the few in recent years that shares Jamaican origins.

The art style featured throughout the Comic is inspired by Japanese Anime, CreepyPastas, with edgy Manga titles. The Comic Book series is broken up into 3 parts with parts 2 and 3 releasing in the coming months. In the meantime, part 1 is available here, and if you wish to commission Miguel for artwork, you can reach out to him here.

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