The “Country Girl” is still making waves in music! Lila Ike has been blessing many with her unique sound in the past few years, and with new music being released, she’ll be capturing many more hearts. Today, she kicks off “Lila Ike SZN” with “Where I’m Coming From“! Produced by Kasadie “Caspa” Jones/Easy Star Records, Lila lets us in on her background, where she’s headed, and giving thanks and praises to The Most High for the strength, determination, and support that she has. Of course we’re treated to her lovely but powerful vocals, and if you’re new to her music, today you’ll be a fan! From Christiana, Manchester, to every stage in the world, and every speaker in existence!
Fresh on the heels of announcing his upcoming debut performance at Reggae Sumfest, and in an effort to boost his hot new single Annie, Dancehall Artist Spotlight Kunta has launched an Instagram Dance Competition to unleash the creativity of his female fans. The winning prize package is a combination of US$500 and appearances as his World Tour Ambassador.
The third place prize is an appearance in the official Annie music video; while second place includes an appearance in the Annie official music video, plus a spot as a World Tour Ambassador.
The “Annie Dance Competition” will run for two weeks, starting June 23 and ending at midnight on July 7. Contestants can enter by creating a dance routine to Annie, uploading to Instagram, tagging @Spotlightkunta, and using the hashtag #spotlightkunta. The Artist will then repost the video to his page, where each contestant will be required to get likes/votes for the video. The person with the most likes will win the prize, however Spotlight Kunta and his management team reserve the right to determine the final winner.
Spotlight Kunta whose given name is Stennett Harris said Annie has been gaining traction on the local and International airwaves and party scene since its release. The track which is on the Rula Riddim, is produced by Cornelius Daley of Cornelius Records, and showcases the diverse talent of the Artist. He shared, “I’m proud of the progress of the single, and the feedback I’ve been getting globally. Everybody love it, and di woman dem inna di party a go crazy when it play.”
His Producer, Daley who has been working with him close to two years commented, “I see him as a promising talent because he has good work ethics and his own signature sound. As far as we see it this track is loved by all females, especially the Dancers. We have seen countless video performances by Dancing Rebel, Chin Unique, DHQ Tallup and a few dance routines from Europe, including Sweden and France. All routines have been well received.”
Born in Kingston and partially raised in Linstead, St. Catherine, Spotlight Kunta migrated to the Unites States of America at age 11, but has always been true to his roots. His first hit Guinness which was produced by Chester Walker in 1999 was used in a local Guinness Ad Campaign. He has been on the music scene for more than 15 years, and after a long hiatus, he is back in the studio recording, and promoting. “This Instagram Dance Competition is my way of telling all my female fans that I see and feel the love, and I want to show some appreciation. Right now mi just want dem get creative, and put out dem best performance so dem can win di prize.”
We salute the “Stage Show Boss” in this post. As the saying goes, “Give people Flowers while they can still smell them”. Big up Spice!
The Throne for the Dancehall Queen is currently vacant, and there could only be one who ascends to claim her rightful place at the top of Dancehall. The genre is now in the Era of “The Spicy 1“, and though her given name is Grace Latoya Hamilton, we know her as Spice! Never been far from the spotlight, Spice proved time and time again that she’s in a lane of her own with no contenders. From acting, to singing, deejaying, to dancing, she’s multifaceted and continues to have an edge among her peers.
Since her debut, Spice has always been one to push boundaries in Dancehall as a Female Artist. She will always be known for being different whether it be for the colour of her hair, her unique outfits, or her many stand out singles. Among her Dancehall peers, she has never been afraid to outperform them, whether male or female. Her various Clash appearances, “War” records and counteractions are proof of this. Bounty Killer, one of her earliest mentors, hailed her as one of the “Baddest” acts before she even scored her first hit.
Like a thief in the night, DJ Fusion a.k.a Kxng Fvse surprises us in the middle of the week with Volume 4 in his “Freestyle Chronicles” series! Kicking it off with a mix of Dancehall hits that will take you back in time, DJ Fusion delivers that well needed energy and vibes to clear away some of this week’s stress! From Vybz Kartel, to Aidonia, to Mavado, you will really love this Mixtape! Give it a listen/download below.
You frowned or scratched your head when you saw the title. It’s ok (lol). With Dancehall Music seeing a lot of gimmicks, beef, drama (most of them unnecessary) over the years, it hasn’t really been seeing favourable returns. Instead, we have outsiders enjoying our musical styles with most not paying homage, or even helping out some of the talent here. While they can’t shoulder majority of the blame, many Artists, Producers, DJs and Industry folk are the culprits as they failed to innovate, hold back many promising opportunities, and failed to give the music that needed “push”.
Today, we speak on a few things that turn us (and many others) off about this genre that has the potential to do even more, but is being held back. Respect to all the Artists and DJs who are trying in the meantime. We love Dancehall, but it has a tendency to be a little stubborn in thinking. Check out our rant below. You can hear our 1st episode here.
Khxos (previously Khaos) is one of the more versatile new Artists to surface onto the scene. A Songwriter who fuses Reggae and Dancehall with a hint of R&B and Pop mixed with a unique voice, Khxos’ vocals alternate between rugged boasts and smooth tones with such lyrical and melodious prowess not seen from the average Reggae Artist. Khxos has made strides in 2016 towards mainstream with his debut EP, “Deception”, guest appearances, and a slew of videos by Videographer, Sean Alaric.
Khxos spent parts of his early life in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica where he learned to love music from his family and surroundings before moving to the States in his teenage years. Although he is regarded as a new artist, Khxos has been underground for the last 4 years creating a fan base from Jamaica, the United States, UK, and Canada to name a few. He has made some of his biggest strides in 2016 with the “One Dance (Remix)” that featured Recording Artist/Comedian Andrew Trabass which amassed over 3 million views on YouTube. Earlier that year, Khxos released the “Deception” EP which was produced by Class One Music and featured Khxos’ single “One Touch” which spread like wildfire throughout the mainstream airwaves last year.