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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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Podcast: @CombatJackShow Interviews DJ Kool Herc


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The Combat Jack Show is a weekly podcast series that covers everything Hip Hop related. With hosts like Reggie Osse, Premium Pete, Dallas Penn and many others, this is the audio you need to be tuned in. Recently the father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc was a featured guest. Here the Jamaican born DJ spoke on his upbringing, the birth of Hip Hop, the first Hip Hop emcee, his many challenges including battling drugs, naming his top DJs and artists and more. This is episode you put everything on hold to really get into and learn a thing or two. You’ve always heard that Hip Hop and Dancehall music were siblings, now meet the Hip Hop creator by listening below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW VIDEO: @FiveSteez – Welcome


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Tonight, Rapper Five Steez welcomes one and all to his home with his new video, “Welcome“. Directed by Nathan Cowan of Caribbean Films with assistance from Bubbla G, Rocket Media and The Talent Inc., this was shot in Half Way Tree and Trench Town. Here Steez drops lyrics about his hometown, the activities that take place daily and of course give a history lesson on some of the children who grew up from there to play an influential part in the development of Hip Hop and the popularity of Reggae Music. We also get cameo appearances from some who play a part in the growth of the “First CoastHip Hop Movement. Great video here and I like the take on the black and white video with coloured accents. Five Steez’sThese Kingston Times” will hit the Internet on October 14 but you can preorder now here. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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