For many, the name “Bella Blair” was synonymous with her dose of comedy on Youtube. What some didn’t know was that she could hold her own as a Singer. In recent times however, she parked the skits to hit the booth, and gave us some good music. This Summer she aimed to give listeners more with the release of her debut EP, “Aura“. Featuring 8 tracks, she gives listeners a different side to her with various subject matter and delivery. With Boston Recording Artist Alexander Padei being the sole guest feature, the spotlight is all on Bella throughout. For those who miss “Poonchie“, you just have to watch the old stuff and embrace Bella Blair and her brand of “Hot Gyal Sumting“! The EP is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. Stream the project below, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Jamaican-born Industrial Designer Mathieu Vaughan ranks high in the 2018 Pensole World Sneaker Championship. With 64 total entries, Vaughan is currently in the Top 32 after the competition’s 1st elimination round through online voting. A Pensole Academy Alum and currently enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Vaughan’s design theme is “Abstract Approximation“, and is inspired by the Last (a mechanical form that has the shape similiar to the human foot, and is used by Shoemakers in the manufacture or repair of shoes). The finished product aims to give the wearer great support, comfort, and performance while adapting to the “Moc” style offered by some of the current Sneaker makers.
The competition is currently at the 2nd round of eliminations, and you can place your vote for Mathieu Vaughan here so that he can advance to the top 16. The competition continues elimination in the Top 8, Top 4, and offers previously eliminated entrants a 2nd chance at redemption before the Top 2 elimination and final winner. If Vaughan emerges as the winner, he will receive prizes from Tech company Wacom, have a limited run of his design being sold at select Footlocker locations, and a $20,018 cash prize.
The Pensole World Sneaker Championship was created in 2014 as the first global Sneaker Design Tournament to discover and develop the next great sneaker Designers. The Tournament goes through a single elimination, all or nothing style process in numerous rounds, and receives thousands of designs from all around the world yearly. It is sponsored by Wacom, Vibram, EDCO, and has partnered with Footlocker. Stay up to date with the competition on their Instagram, see more of Vaughan’s work here, and get familiar with the “Ja Got Sole” online community.
Jamaica’s music continues to leave an impression on many worldwide, and today’s no different. Hours ago, Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z announced their “On The Run 2” Tour. While fans all over get their things ready to see their Idols perform live, music heads heard a familiar classic playing throughout the 45 second ad. Straight out of 1977 comes Marcia Aitken’s cover of “I’m Still In Love (With You Boy)“! Produced by Joe Gibbs, it gave the young Aitkens (who was a student at the Excelsior High School at the time) her first #1 hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK. The single was featured on her 1981 debut, “Reggae Impact“, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 Sir Coxsone Dodd produced hit (his version focused on “girl” as hers the opposite gender). “I’m Still In Love” has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.
For those wanting to attend OTR II, visit Beyonce.com. For those who want to dabble in Music History, check out the tracks below.
With the debut doing numbers, Jamaican Beauty Queen Davina Bennett fires off another “Afro Friday“! Here she encourages her fans to show off their Afros and invite others to join in on the fun. Once again whether a small puff or a huge ball of soul, make sure you stand tall and proud of your hairstyle today, tomorrow, and forevermore. Check out some of the highlights below., and follow the hashtags #FreeYourFroFriday and #AfroFriday.
This is for the Soul Sistas, the Goddesses with the ‘Fro, and wearers of the natural Crown. If you were under a rock for some reason, Miss Universe 2017 happened, and Miss South Africa emerged as the Crown holder. While all that is being said, many were paying attention to a young Jamaican who was placed 2nd Runner Up. That young Jamaican is Davina Bennett! Rocking a lovely afro, she won the hearts of many worldwide! From International Media, to yours truly, to Social Media singing her praises, she was a winner and Queen in our eyes. Another Jamaican afro rocker who sang praises was Miss Jamaica 2005 and Media Personality, Terri-Karelle Reid. Inspired by the recent events, she kicked off #AfroFriday on Twitter and Instagram with the current Miss Jamaica Universe. It has resulted in a Social Media sea of ‘Fros from both male and female. Whether a small puff, or a huge ball of Soul, be a part of #FreeYourFroFriday! Check out some of who rocked their ‘fro below, and follow the hashtags!
Artwork by @CMills_Art!
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.”