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RESPECT JAMAICA! (Inspired By @VerzuzOnline’s “Bounty Killa Vs Beenie Man” Battle)


As I watched last night’s Verzuz Battle between Dancehall LEGENDS Bounty Killa and Beenie Man, I just felt inspired to write something. This may not be in the written style that grace popular International Media outlets, but sometimes you just have to write what you feel. – Wade Haye

Last night, nearly 500,000 people witnessed the clash of two giants in Jamaica’s music culture on Instagram. With close to 4 million views shared across other Social Media platforms, the beauty of it is that it was hosted in Jamaica, held in a Jamaican Studio, and through Jamaican Internet, and it was almost perfect! If you grew up during the beginning or peak of their careers, you know that Bounty and Beenie clashing a nuh normal ting. With Beenie Man celebrating over 40 years as a performer with Bounty Killa having over 30, a 20 song battle wouldn’t do this event justice. They further proved that when they kicked off a couple medleys throughout the over 2 hour long event. For those who are unaware (it’s ok), Hip Hop Producer/Mogul Swizz Beatz and Hip Hop Producer Timbaland kicked off their “Verzuz” battle series a few weeks ago. With the Covid 19 pandemic causing many to stay inside and be entertained by online offerings, Verzuz was made to highlight classic Artists, Producers, and Songwriters along with their timeless catalogues. So far, they’ve presented battles between Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, The-Dream and Sean Garrett, Neyo and Johnta Austin, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Lil Jon and T-Pain and others to the delight of many worldwide. Last night’s matchup however, was one that educated many, showcased classic Riddims and tracks, put Jamaica on the map even more, shook viewers with the BLACK GREEN AND GOLD, and will be an unforgettable experience for others.

Verzuz: Jamaica Edition started off in an authentic style with DJs Kurt Riley and Richie Dwarming” up the patrons with various Dancehall/Reggae mixes. Then the floor was open for two former foes/brothers for life to go toe to toe with the hits. In true and proper Jamaican manner, we started with the National Anthem. The stories behind most tracks before letting them loose was a joy to listen to. For those who lived through the 90s, you know Dancehall/Hip Hop collabs were very welcomed, and International collabs were (still is) a big thing for the culture. Beenie and Bounty kicked off a few of them, and the chat section was thoroughly entertained and educated. Then came the Police who caused the event to pause for a few minutes. While I believe it was a part of the act to bring some authenticity to the event (Police will show up to your event, only for it to end shortly after due to noise complaints or other reasons), Beenie’s humorous and somewhat stern approach to the Officers during the event was heavily cheered on.

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Entertainers Link Up To Feed The Homeless On Easter Sunday


The Covid 19 pandemic may have put a stop to a lot of activities, but it could never stop the various acts of kindness. On Sunday April 12 (Easter Sunday), Natural Bond Entertainment teamed up with Sponge Music and the Bad Ras Movements to feed the homeless in Mandeville, Manchester.

While various parts of Jamaica are still being worked on to provide safe havens for the less fortunate on the street, the Entertainers which included the “Rum BossLybran and Kyng Sameer, gathered hot meals, cold drinks, and even some Bun and Cheese as a way of giving back, and to show that good deeds will never cease, even during a pandemic. The Covid 19 pandemic has so far seen 72 positive cases as of Sunday, with 16 recoveries and hundreds of samples being collected for testing.

Along with their acts of kindness, the Bad Ras Movements will be kicking off their “Corona MondayEaster Fest on April 13. Starting at 8 PM, they will go live through their Facebook and Instagram pages where they will be playing the hits, and provide some well needed positive energy. A special performance by Lybran is scheduled to happen as well, along with a few surprises. We advise everyone to stay safe during this pandemic, abide by the rules, and don’t shy away from being kind today.

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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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.@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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GET TO KNOW: “Fresh And Clean” With @JazEliseJA!


Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Recording Artist Jaz Elise is making her way up to becoming one of the bright stars on the music scene. With her career only starting recently, she has impressed with first few releases. We’ve featured her as one of the Artists to watch out for in 2019, and recently we had a lil chat. Without further ado, GET TO KNOW Jaz Elise below!

Words By: @swadedavillain

Cover Photo: Jik Reuben

Additional Photos: Chris Malachi

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13thStreetPromo: Thanks for taking the time out to have a quick chat with 13thStreetPromotions.com. We’ve heard and enjoyed the tracks, but for those who don’t know, who is the Singer named Jaz Elise?

Jaz Elise: I am just a girl who decided to take a leap of faith less than a year ago to do music for a living. I love singing, wholeheartedly. It brings me a joy, and I’ve found that the best way I can reach people is through my voice. I am fully born and raised in Jamaica also.

13thSP: When did you realize you could have a career in music? How did you get your start?

JE: I have always been singing (church, school etc), but never really took it seriously. I was mainly empowered to only do a 9-5. My exposure to the arts however empowered me to really see a career being a Recording Artist. I really got the calling and courage to do it as a career a few years ago and that’s when I started going to studio, and did a few singing gigs all while still being in school. Encouragement from my friends and family as well as a personal conviction really pushed me to decide to do it as a career though. I would say when I released my first single (“For You“) in November 2018 that’s when I decided to go full force into it.

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Colombia Takes @DancinDynamites’ International Night Finals!


The inaugural international leg of the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites was a pulsating and energetic one from the opening performance to the closing curtains when South American group Colombian Xtreme Dancers hoisted their winning trophy after kicking the competitiveness up a few octaves.

With four countries being represented, the teams, Jamaican Coolers (re-branded from Too Kool who won the national finale), Cuban Triple Threat, St. Lucian Onyx and Colombian Xtreme Dancers were amped up about vying for top honours, and a $500,000 grand prize. The stakes were high, and the anticipation of the imminent showdown had the audience on the edge of their seats.

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Cuban Triple Threat got the show on the road, followed swiftly by St. Lucian Onyx, but the moment the Columbian Xtreme Dancers stepped centerstage, there was a sense that the audience was in for an unforgettable experience. Through brilliantly executed stunts, flips, tosses, and dazzling dance moves, the audience was hooked on all the captivating Colombian team had to offer. A few standing ovations and two dance clashes later, the judges’ announcement confirmed what some audience members were already chanting – Colombian Xtreme Dancers had won.

“We feel really good, we feel really comfortable being here,” said an out-of-breath Juliana Echeverry, one of the members of the team, after accepting the winning trophy. “We want to thank Dancin’ Dynamites for the opportunity and we are looking forward to coming back and giving Jamaica yet another beautiful performance.”

Competition judges Kerry-Ann Henry and Orville Hall weighed in on the finale with exceptional reviews on the Mad & Mean Season 14 themed staging. “It was very exciting. I really appreciated that all the teams brought their A-game. They represented their country not only in terms of the music and the costumes but in their energy, choreographically, as well with their movement, but the energy, that was on point,”Kerry-Ann commented. “I think it’s important for people to carry the energy of their country. All the dances and performances were of a high standard and I appreciate it.”

Hall shared similar sentiments, “The season was already on a high but tonight really topped everything.This international component, I hope it’s something that the organizers definitely keep. This was my 14th year and it feel like mi a start from scratch again with the excitement weh mi a feel about it,” he said. “I know the Jamaicans would have had competition, I’ve been to Colombia and seen them dance and seen how passionate they are about it, just like Jamaicans, so I know it would have been a tough fight. It’s really the best team that came out on top.”

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