Grammy nominated Recording Artist Etana recently kicked off her US summer Tour in promotion of her latest album, “Reggae Forever“. From April 13 to August 3, Etana brings the hits to stops including Texas, New York, Florida, and California. Over the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26), she made a stop in Massachusetts at the Surfside Salisbury Beach. Opening for the Reggae Artist was upcoming Recording Artist, Rhiya Luna!
With her set lasting an hour, Rhiya Luna treated the audience to some classic Reggae and R&B hits, and a few of her original compostions showcasing her diversity. With DJ Garfield’s assistance, Rhiya kicked things off with Bob Marley’s “Is This Love“, and included the Sam Cooke classic “Bring It On Home To Me” before closing with her tracks “Really Like You“, and the soon to be released “Me & I“. She was well received by those in attendance as some danced and assisted in performing with her on stage.
All are invited to the Live. Work. Travel. Creative Workshop Series. It is a collaborative effort between 7AM Magazine, Remote Year and The Hub. The excellent and highly anticipated Live. Work. Travel. Talk that was held previously has been extended into individual workshops to properly equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to live, work and travel abroad. This 3-part series takes place each Saturday afternoon at The Hub, Jamaica’s premiere coworking space in New Kingston, starting on Saturday, May 19, with LIVE. Then WORK on Saturday, May 26, and finally, TRAVEL on Saturday, June 2. The workshop begins promptly at 2 PM each day.
At the LIVE Workshop you can expect to learn the practical tips for living abroad part-time or full time. To have an interactive discussion on international culture, how to secure accommodations, covering living expenses, facing language barriers and how to maintain your home, car, and relationships while away.
The WORK Seminar will teach you the many ways of generating income while traveling abroad – from taking your existing profession on the road to learning how to work remotely and finding work you can do from anywhere. Explore the different work lifestyle options: 9 to 5, freelance, co-working, startups and how they work best while traveling, as well as resources for finding work and additional income. The guest speaker, from NextGen Creators will share experiences of living and working around the world.
Learn how to TRAVEL abroad like a pro at the final workshop. Discover more about various countries, the travel requirements, cultural travel groups and affordable options for travel, flights and more. The guest speakers, Hub members from TW Tours, will guide you through passport and visa procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Book all three workshops and get a personalIzed LIVE. WORK. TRAVEL. resource guide, and discounts for The Hub + Remote Year.
Jamaicans islandwide were treated to a “Wakanda-style” celebration for the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition finale last Sunday. Roars of screams and applause filled the venue as crowd favourites Street Team were announced as the Season 13 winners to roars of screams and applause.
The show hosts, judges, and audience members donned their finest dashikis and asa okes during the live show, as the winning team – which had also entered the competition last year but placed fourth – thrilled audience members and beat four other competing dance crews with their quick footwork and eye-dazzling afro moves.
Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager for Charles Chocolates, said she was pleased with the outcome of the grand finale. “This ‘Clash 13’ season was extremely challenging but the dancers stuck to it and we’re glad that they performed well,” she said. “The weekly challenges were demanding, however, Street Team was determined. They covered the craft lessons they had learned from the previous competition and I’m really happy that they won. They deserve it.”
The team, which comprises Kemar Boyd, Adrian Jonas and Andre Henry, received the public’s top vote and cash prizes of over J$1 million from Jenny Jenny Productions, title sponsor Charles Chocolates, and associate sponsors. Anchovy High, the only team from a secondary school, placed second; New Era placed third; and Unruly Skankaz placed fourth; taking home J$400,000 from Jenny Jenny Productions and Burger King, J$200,000.00 and J$50,000.00, respectively, along with other prizes in kind.
The finale’s “Wakanda” theme paid homage to this year’s huge box office Disney-Marvel action hit Black Panther, which boasted a predominately black cast and crew as it became the top grossing solo superhero movie of all-time. In keeping with the theme, the dance routines from the clashing teams resembled popular African dances such as the ‘gwara gwara’ from South Africa and the Ghanian ‘azonto’.
Street Team’s Kemar Boyd said, “This year, we come back fi it mad! We don’t settle as losers. We always aim high and we aim for first place.” Also admitting that they had to employ a much different approach to gain the edge, he said, “Everything weh we do last year, we do it twice as hard this year and think outside of the box. We get up early inna di morning and campaign.”
The show’s Jamaica College Auditorium venue was graced with the presence of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who also joined in on the action on stage with Chi Ching Ching during his performance debuting his new song and dance move ‘Rice and Peas’. Dancehall duo and Charles Chocolates Ambassadors Voicemail and gospel artiste Kevin Downswell also provided musical entertainment.
The Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition feted audiences with the sweet sounds of Soca last Sunday as six teams faced off showcasing their best ‘Wine and wuk-up’ moves at the carnival-themed semi-final staging.
The evening’s proceedings took off with the competition’s own festival of high-energy after the announcement that dance crew Street Team was the crowd favourite with the most votes from the public since their dance routine the week prior.
The night’s Soca theme, highlighting just one of the many other musical genres of the Caribbean, is timely and comes just after this year’s record-breaking turnout for Jamaica Carnival, which saw more than fifty thousandtourists visiting the island to participate in what stakeholders called ‘The biggest carnival in Jamaica’s history’.
The performances utilized popular elements of the annual carnival festivities, including bright colours, wave rags, gems and glitter, as judges Orville Hall, Kerry-Ann Henry and Charles Chocolates brand ambassador Kevyn of Dancehall duo Voicemail commended their overall “solid movements”, “good energy” and “nice vibe”. The clear favourite for the evening – Street Team – danced to roars of applause and screams from the crowd with Hall stating in his review that they are “the ones that can potentially win the competition”.
The weekly ‘Clash 13’ showdown ended with a street battle between Overload Skankas and Unruly Squad after a random draw selection and saw Unruly losing out to the rival dance group, which won the J$20,000 on-the-spot prize, after last week’s one-minute face-off in the Nannyville community.
Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager, Charles Chocolates, said she’s expecting high energy synonymous with the rousing launch to be the clincher for the Season 13 ‘Clash 13, Cut and Clean’ finale. “There’s a lot of excitement as we approach the much-anticipated finals this Sunday, and we want the teams to bring it! From vibes, to synergy to energy – every team has to put on their best show to secure the top honours after the dust has settled.”
The Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamite grand finale is set to take place on Sunday, May 20, at the Jamaica College Auditorium. After the impending elimination, five teams will go head-to-head for the winning title, bragging rights and over J$3 million in cash and prizes from competition organiser Jenny Jenny Productions, and title sponsors Charles Chocolates.
The Deaf Empowerment Abroad Foundation (D.E.A.F.) has selected DJ Hear No Evil from Mount Vernon, New York as their keynote speaker in Kingston and Knockpatrick (Manchester) Jamaica. On March 15th and 16th, he will be touring several schools in Jamaica, sharing the art of DJing, overcoming obstacles, and his story as a Deaf/hearing impaired DJ.
The Deaf Empowerment Abroad Foundation aims to inspire, affirm, and motivate the youth in the Deaf community. The moves made will assist in breaking down the beliefs in Jamaican society that Deaf = Dumb, and Deaf = Can Not. These attitudes are also prominent in most Deaf children’s homes, resulting in negative stigmas, non-acceptance, and loss of self-worth. The camp affirms Deafness as a culture and aims to empower Deaf youth with the knowledge of Deaf Can!
“Stepping outside of my zone, I let my hands tell the story to express myself on a deeper level through the set to raise the bar to obtaining the huge opportunities whether if i’m Deaf/hard of hearing or not.”
Recording Artist Wayne J may have gained a buzz thanks to being one of the brightest youngest Deejays in the past few years, but he also wants to make a positive change in the world. Recently, the Youth Ambassador of the Alligator Head Foundation represented Jamaica as a member of the COP23 Jamaica Delegation at the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Conference in Bonn, Germany. Invited through a collaboration between the United Nations and Australia’s TBA21 Academy, Wayne J served as the youngest member at the Conference which gathered over 30,000 people from all over the world to share and develop new ideas in order to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
During his visit and presentation, Wayne J delivered great points and make it clear that in moving forward “Everyone should have an understanding in how to approach the changes in our Planet”. The Ambassador added the importance of Conservation, and encouraged all in attendance to create more strategies in preserving and protecting the Earth. He is set to visit the Fiji Islands and other parts of the World as a part of his duties as Ambassador in the coming weeks.
While Wayne J has released a few singles this year and made a few appearances locally, he is set to continue making his Artist side be heard in 2018 with the singles “TOM” and “Better Days”. He is also working on an EP to drop sometime later next year.