First off, Happy Labour Day Jamaica! While many will be contributing their energies to various projects today, there will be others who choose to rest and relax, and others who just work like it’s just another day. Regardless, you need music, and we have DJ Shone Alcapone from Belgrade, Serbia with his new Afrobeats mixtape titled, “Shape Nice“! Featuring over an hour of hits from the likes of Burna Boy, Timaya, Mr. Eazi, Afro B, and many others, nothing’s wrong with dancing while you work today.
While everyone was going crazy over Shenseea’s Instagram post last week, she has been staying busy with new music and being the best (best, best, best, best…). For those who had headaches over it (or shedding tears lol), the post was a screenshot from her upcoming video with US Rapper Tyga, “Blessed“! With production from Rvssian and the video shot by Arrad in Montego Bay, we’re in for another Shen Yeng summer as this sounds like a track that will be heard everywhere! With word that Shenseea has inked a deal with a Interscope Records/Rich Immigrants, she will be crossing over in a big way. This isn’t Tyga’s first time getting into some Dancehall as he made an attempt on the single, “1 of 1“. This may be the one to do numbers since his return with “Taste” and “Dip“, and redeem his Jamaican side a lil.
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.
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.”
Tommy Lee Sparta has been pretty busy in recent months. With numerous singles and albums everywhere, he aimed to keep his name hot despite whatever else is going on. Today’s no different as he released the much anticipated track, “Killers“! Produced by Thugz Bunny Music and features New Jersey Battle Rapper Arsonal, the track further shows Tommy Lee’s Rapper side (remember this collab?), and he handles his own along with Arsonal as they get into some Gangsta ish over a trap beat.
From New Jersey to Montego Bay, the Sparta Boss continues to make moves. How are you feeling the track? We might hear Tommy Lee getting into more Trap music later this year, so stay tuned! Check out “Killers” below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Have you been watching any films lately? If so, have you seen the new Netflix movie, “See You Yesterday“? Directed by Stefon Bristol and produced by Spike Lee, the movie finds two best friends, CJ and Sebastian, (Eden Duncan-Smith and Dante Crichlow respectively) building Time Machines in an effort to reverse the unjustly death of CJ’s brother. While the Film aims to give you a lil Sci Fi fun, you might hear some familiar music in it. As a part of the Film’s soundtrack, the late Tenor Saw’s 1985 hit, “Ring The Alarm“, and Dawn Penn’s 1994 hit, “You Don’t Love Me (No No No)” were featured! “Ring The Alarm” was featured on the “Stalag Riddim” and released through Winston Riley’s Techniques label while “You Don’t Love Me” was a Dancehall remake of Dawn Penn’s 1967 single.
The soundtrack choices wouldn’t be the first time a Spike Lee production featured Caribbean music as his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” featured Dancehall, Reggae, and Soca music (more on that here). “See You Yesterday” is now playing on Netflix, but you can check out the Trailer below and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
In recognition of May being “Child’s Month“, Oldies Sunday will be highlighting a few child stars who made some noise in music. Today we go back to the 80’s with Teenage Recording Artist White Mice with his single, “True Love“! Produced by Junior Delgado on the Far East Riddim and released through Incredible Music in 1987, White Mice shares his testimony that Jah always comes through for him, and blesses him. The single was later featured on Mice’s debut album of the same name.
White Mice started his career in his birth Parish of St. James, but moved to Kingston for better opportunities. He was a member of the late Sugar Minott’s “Youthman Promotions” camp, and with the help of his Brother Courtney Crichton, he found success with “True Love“. Since the song’s release, he has went on to release more music, and made the move to Europe to further his ambitions as he became a Sound System owner there.